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Below is a family biography included in History of Lee County, Iowa published by Western Historical Company 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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CLEMENTS, ORION, attorney at law, corner of Fifth and Blondeau streets; was born in Gainsborough, Tenn., in 1825; was editor of the Union in Hannibal, Mo., from 1850 until 1853; was editor of Muscatine Journal in 1853 and 1854. In 1861, he was appointed Secretary of Nevada Territory, which position he occupied until 1864. Immediately after Nevada became a State, he was elected Representative to the Lower House; served one term. In 1866, he went to St. Louis and became connected with the St. Louis Democrat in 1867. In 1870, he went to Hartford, Conn., and became editor of a literary paper, and afterward a political paper in 1873; edited a Republican daily paper at Rutland, Vt.; came to Keokuk in 1874, since which year he has been engaged in the practice of law. Mr. Clemens married Miss Mary Stotts in this city in 1855.

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This family biography is one of 668 biographies included in The History of Lee County, Iowa published in 1879.  For the complete description, click here: Lee County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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