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Crow, William H.
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Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois, 1891; Page 268-269

WILLIAM H. CROW, attorney at law and Master in Chancery at Pittsfield, stands at the head of his profession in Pike County. Aside from his legal ability he possesses financial talent of a high order and is one of the well to do men of this part of the country.

Mr. Crow was born in the city of Wheeling, West Virginia, March 12th, 1848. Charles F. Crow, his father, was a native of Pennsylvania, and was a blacksmith by trade. He was a son of William Crow, a native of Germany. The mother of our subject was Margaret (Hughes) Crow. She was born in Virginia in 1834, and was a daughter of George Hughes who was of Scotch descent. She died in the spring of 1878. The father of our subject is still living, making his home in Carter County, Mo., and is in his seventy-first year, he having been born in 1820.

William H. Crow is the second son of a family of five children, of whom four survive, the oldest brother being now dead. The others are George, a resident of Kansas; Wayne, who lives in Texas; Mary C. Bales; a widow living with her father, and our subject. The latter laid the foundation of his education in the public schools, and was thus well prepared for college when he entered Butler University, at Indianapolis, Ind. He pursued a course of study there and afterward attended Eureka College, at Eureka, Ill., and was thus finely equipped for the profession of a teacher, which he pursued the ensuing five years. He then abandoned that vocation to take up the study of law with J. W. Johnson, and was admitted to the bar in 1883 at Pittsfield, where he established himself in practice.

In 1877, Mr. Crow was elected County Superintendent of Schools, and served in that capacity for five years, having been appointed for the additional year on account of the change in the school law. He was subsequently appointed Master in Chancery for a period of two years, was twice re-appointed and is now serving his third term. He is amply fitted for this office, as he has a thorough knowledge of the law, possesses keen and ready judgment and is never influenced by personal or money considerations. He is very prominent in the political life of this county, being a leader among the Democrats and one of the finest campaign orators in the county.

Mr. Crow has a decided talent for business and has become rich by dealing in real estate in Kansas City and Chicago. He has a handsome and substantial residence in the west part of Pittsfield and he owns two valuable farms and has a half interest in another. He is also interested in breeding draft horses and trotters and had his farms well stocked with animals of a high grade.

Mr. Crow was married September 2, 1869, to Miss Emma Clark of Eureka, Ill. Mrs. Crow is a daughter of Robert M. and Cynthia Clark. Mr. and Mrs. Crow are people of high social standing, and are valued members of the Christian Church.

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