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1907 Past and Present Biographies

A. M. Hull

A. M. Hull
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A. M. Hull is the owner of one of the best general stores in Greene county, located at Rippey, and in addition to his commercial pursuits, he is heavily interested in real estate.  His possessions have gained him rank among the substantial and prosperous residents and, moreover, he is entitled to be ranked with the self-made men, for the advantages which he had at the outset of his career were indeed limited.  In fact, he was handicapped in many ways, but in America "labor is king" and, acknowledging her sovereignty, Mr. Hull has been one of the willing subjects, with the result that his efforts have been crowned with success.

A native of New York, Mr. Hull was born in Berlin, August 28, 1847, a son of D. P. and Susan (Burdick) Hull, natives of Rhode Island and New York, respectively.  The father removed with his parents to the Empire state at an early age, followed the occupation of farming and there died March 6, 1870.  In his family were six children, three now living: A. P., of Berlin, New York; A. M., of this review; and a sister living in Chicago.

A. M. Hull was educated in the district schools and spent his early life upon the farm, remaining at home until the death of his parents.  He farmed in New York until the death of his parents.  He farmed in New York until 1876 and then went to Illinois, settling in Fulton County, where he remained until 1889, when he went to Forest City, South Dakota.  He cultivated land there until the fall of 1890, when he came to Greene county, Iowa, and settled on a form near Rockwell City.  In 1892 he removed to Panora, Guthrie county, where he  conducted a hardware store for a year, and then he came to Rippey and purchased a half interest in the general mercantile business of J. C. Naylor.  After several changes in the partnership Mr. Hull finally purchased the entire business, which he has been steadily developing by the enlargement of both the stock and floor space, until he has one of the best general stores in Greene county.  The store is tasteful in its arrangements, the stock well selected, and the courtesy and consideration which are uniformly give the patrons he secured a liberal business support.  Mr. Hull owns the store building, also his residence and other real estate in Rippey and has made extensive investments in property at Milton Junction, Wisconsin.  He likewise owns two farms near Estherville, Iowa, consisting of two hundred and twelve and one hundred and eighty acres, prospectively, and his holds also embrace six hundred and forty acres in Kansas, two hundred acres in North Dakota and four hundred and eighty acres in Minnesota.  In this is the incontrovertible evidence of his business  ability, his judicious investment and his untiring industry.

In 1866 Mr. Hull was married to Miss Mary E. Sweep, and they had two children: A. D., of Rippey; and A. C., of Portland, Oregon.  The wife and mother died in 1881 and in 1883 Mr. Hull Wedded Mary E. Owen, by whom he has three children: S. C., Mary E. and Edward R., all at home.

In politics Mr. Hull has always been a democrat, but has never sought or desired office.  He is a member and treasurer of the Masonic lodge at Rippey and his wife is a member of the Baptist church.  He is classed with the most enterprising and successful business men of Greene county, starting in life with little educational or other advantages, but as the years have passed he has made the most of his opportunities, with the result that he is now in control of an extensive and remunerative business, belonging too, to that class of representative American men who, while promoting individual success, also contribute to the general welfare.

Transcribed from "Past and Present of Greene County, Iowa Together With Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Prominent and Leading Citizens and Illustrious Dead,"
by E. B. Stillman assisted by an Advisory Board consisting of Paul E. Stillman, Gillum S. Toliver,
Benjamin F. Osborn, Mahlon Head, P. A. Smith and Lee B. Kinsey, Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1907.

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