Muscatine County Iowa
Here is what the abbreviations in the bios stand for: far: farm; Co.: company or county; dir: dealer; IVA: Iowa Volunteer Artillery; IVC: Iowa Volunteer Cavalry; IVI: Iowa Volunteer Infantry; P.O.: Post Office; S. or Sec.: section; and st.: street.
Source: History of Muscatine County Iowa, Biographical Section, 1879, page 647
SAMUEL McNUTT, Sec. 26; P. O. Muscatine; was born near Londonderry, Ireland, Nov. 21, 1825; is the son of Samuel and Hannah nee Stuart. Samuel McNutt, Sr., emigrated to Philadelphia, Penn., when Samuel Jr., was a child, and settled in New Castle, Del., where he died in 1836, leaving a widow and seven children; she died in Iowa, Dec. 24, 1874; working on the little farm in Delaware, Samuel passed his boyhood and grew to manhood; completing his college education in 1848, he engaged in teaching; was elected President of New Castle County Teachers' Association; he studied law under Hon. D. M. Bates; was admitted to the bar in 1851; came to Muscatine Co. in 1854; in 1856, was Principal of one of the public schools of Muscatine City, and at the close of the term became editor of the Muscatine Inquirer; in April, 1856, he became associate editor of the Dubuque Herald; in 1863, was elected Representative to the Tenth General Assembly of the State; also elected to the eleventh and Twelfth Assemblies; in 1869, was elected Senator to the Sixteenth District. Senator McNutt served ten consecutive years as a member of either house. His private character is unblemished and unexceptionable. In church communion he is a Presbyterian. Married Miss Anna Lucas, of Portsmouth, Ohio, April 14, 1857; has three sons--William, Robert and Samuel. Politically, Mr. McNutt is a stanch Republican. He has ever been identified with the public interests of Muscatine County, and is a valued citizen.
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