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Below is a family biography included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. in 1879.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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T. H. HARDER, attorney at law and real estate and loan agent, Chenoa; is a native of Wayne Co., N. Y.; he was born Feb. 28, 1852; in 1858, his parents removed to Illinois, settling in La Salle Co.; he left the farm at the age of 18 years, and spent about two years in traveling in different Western States. In September, 1872, he became a student in Union Christian College, in Indiana, where he remained over two years; after leaving college, he came to Livingston Co. and taught school during the winter, and spent the following summer in the law office of Lawrence & Strawn, having previously read law in private for about a year; in the fall of 1875, he entered the Union College of Law, Chicago, being admitted to the senior class; graduating in June, 1876, he returned to Pontiac and began practice with the firm with whom he had studied the summer before. In March, 1877, he removed to Chenoa and engaged in the practice of his profession; he has succeeded in establishing himself firmly in a practice which is quite extensive, considering the time he has been here. He was married Nov. 23, 1876, to Miss Lomenda Garner, of Pontiac, and has one child — Delight.

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This family biography is one of 1257 biographies included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of McLean County, Illinois

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