S. W. McElderry
Posted By: Kathy Parmenter (email)
Date: 5/3/2005 at 20:11:16
HON. S. W. McELDERRY.-This gentleman, one of the men of whom Union County may well be proud, is a native of Ohio, being born in Carrollton, in the Buckeye State, June 21, 1841; removing to Steubenville, in the same State, April, 1850. He acquired his early education wholly by his own efforts, working at Steubenville, in a glass factory, and in his 18th year emigrated, with his parents, to Jefferson County, Iowa, where he improved his education at the Fairfield University, after which he taught school, taking the opportunity, in his few leisure hours, to study law, being admitted to the bar in 1867.
Mr. Mc E. had the honor to be elected Mayor of Afton, in 1870, and was re-elected the two succeeding years. In the fall of 1875, he was elected to represent the 14th Representative District (comprising the counties of Ringgold and Union) in the 16th General Assembly of the State of Iowa; serving on the judiciary, constitutional amendments, military, representative and senatorial district committees.
Mr. Mc E. is one of the foremost lawyers in this county; unassisted and alone, he has struggled into the front rank of the legal profession, and is meeting with that measure of success that his attainments and abilities deserve.
Resource: Illustrated Centennial Sketches, Map & Directory of Union County, Iowa. Published 1876 by C.J. Colby, Creston, IA.
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