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Date: 3/25/2020 at 16:07:08

A.D. ACHESON. Among the representative farmers of Oregon Township is the subject of this sketch, who resides on section 4, where he owns 200 acres of excellent land, all of which is under a high state of cultivation. He is a native of Guernsey County, Ohio, born in 1843, and is the son of David and Elizabeth Acheson, who were among the earliest settlers of Muscatine County, Iowa. The former died in that county some years ago, while the latter is still living in Louisa County, this State. He was reared upon his father’s farm, and during all his life has been used to hard work.

When several of the Southern States rebelled against the General Government, Mr. Acheson was among the first to respond to the call of President Lincoln, and enlisted in Co. C, 11th Iowa Vol. Inf., and faithfully served his country for over four years, or until the last rebel had laid down his arms. He was in the sieges of Vicksburg and Corinth, the battle of Shiloh, and others of the most noted engagements throughout the war. He was in the Atlanta campaign, and with Sherman on his famous march to the sea. From the sea he marched to Washington, and was in the grand review in that city. He was honorably discharged at Louisville, Ky.

Returning home, our subject at once resumed his place upon the farm, and in 1868 was united in marriage with Miss Esther J. Duncan, a native of Tennessee, born Nov. 16, 1846, and the daughter of Andrew and Nancy Duncan, who were also natives of Tennessee. By this union there are four children – Lizzie E., William E., Nellie L., and Robert A. Mr. Acheson may well be called a self-made man. Starting in life with nothing but his strong arm, and a will to use it, by his own efforts, aided by his good wife, he has secured a competency. They settled upon their present farm in 1868, and now have one of the best in Oregon Township, all the improvements being of the better class. He is classed to-day among the solid and influential citizens of the township. Both himself and wife are respected members of the United Presbyterian Church. Politically, he is a Republican.

Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington County, Iowa (1887). Excerpt from Biographical Sketch of A.D. Acheson, page 207.


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