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Fayette County, Iowa
Portrait & Biographical Album of Fayette County Iowa
Containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of
Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County
Lake City Publishing Co., Chicago
PROF. ARTHUR P. ABBOTT
PROF. ARTHUR P. ABBOTT, Principal of the Oelwein Normal and Commercial School, was born in Bethel Township, July 14, 1867, and is a son of Peter G. and Emily (Palmer) Abbott. His father was a native of New Hampshire, born in Concord, and is a descendant of George Abbott, one of the Pilgrim Fathers who came to this country in the 'Mayflower.' He was of the sixth generation from the founder of the family. The mother's family was also established in America at the same time. Rev. Lyman Abbott and the historian, J. C. Abbott, are of this family. The parents of our subject came to Fayette County in 1855, and settled in Bethel Township, where the father is still living. His wife died in May, 1873, and he afterwards married Mrs. Achsa Morse, a widow.
Our subject is fourth in order of birth in a family of five children, four of whom grew to mature years. He received liberal educational advantages, having supplemented his course in the public schools by study in the Iowa College of Grinnell. At the age of eighteen he had fitted himself for teaching and embarked upon that profession. He has taught in Poweshiek, Marshall, Jasper, Bremer and Fayette counties and on the 9th of September, 1890, he opened the Oelwein Normal and Commercial School, which he is now conducting. In politics he is a supporter of the Republican party and in religious belief is a Congregationalist. He holds membership in Alpha Lodge, I. O. G. T., of Alpha, Iowa, and is an intelligent, enterprising young man, who has a bright future before him. His school deserves a liberal patronage, for its Principal has won success as an educator, together with the commendation and good wishes of those who are acquainted with his methods of teaching."
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