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Posted By: Marilyn Holmes
Date: 4/12/2015 at 08:21:48

History of Iowa County
Page 525

HEDGES, Hon. C.--This gentleman is a good representative of that class of western men, who after years of patient and industrious application have at length been elevated by the suffrages of their fellow citizens to positions of honor and trust. He was born in Richland county, Ohio, May 3d, 1830; he was raised on a farm, but before he grew to manhood had the advantages of a good academic education, and then chose law as his profession. After graduating at the Cincinnati Law School, he commenced to practice at Mansfield, Ohio. After being engaged in his profession he was attracted to the Pacific Slope by the glowing reports which reached him from the anriferious beds of California; instead of returning in a time, as thousands of disappointed gold searchers did, he remained there till 1859, when he came to Iowa, and located in Marengo; he served a short time of honorable service in the army, during the war of the rebellion, with the exception of which time, he has been constantly engaged in the practice of law in Marengo, since 1859, and with one exception is the oldest practioner in the county. At the beginning of the war he recruited company G, of the Seventh Iowa infantry, was elected captain and served till near the close of the war. Was elected in 1879 to represent this district in the State Senate, and at the last general election, before the expiration of that term of office, was elevated by the suffrages of his fellow citizens to the position of circuit judge, which is generally regarded by men of his profession as the attainment of their highest ambition. All those who are acquainted with Mr. Hedges, and especially who are acquainted with him professionally, bespeak for him a long and brilliant career on the bench. Equipped with a fine legal education, possessed of wide experience and characterized by an intellect of a judicial turn, he enters upon the duties of his new office. Mr. Hedges was united in marriage with Miss Ella Rush, in Marengo. She is a native of Indiana. They have had seven children, four now living: Lizzie, Jessie, Lulu and Bessie.


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