Biography - Arius Kingsbury

ARIUS N. KINGSBURY, County Judge, whose portrait appears in this work, was born in Athens, Ohio, February 5, 1830, and is a son of Ira and Hannah (Price) Kingsbury, the latter a native of Ohio and the former of Vermont, where he followed farming. He came to Illinois in 1841, and died in Bond County in 1872; his wife died at Mt. Carmel, Ill., in 1842. Seven children were born to them, of whom the subject of this sketch is the second. He was educated principally in the common and academical schools of the State; studied law at Greenville, Ill., where he was admitted to practice in 1855, and in 1857 came to Hillsboro and entered upon the practice of his profession. In 1873, he was a candidate for Supreme Judge, receiving 1,700 majority in Montgomery County. 1,300 in Macoupin County, and carrying Shelby and Richland Counties. The year previous, he had been a candidate for State Senator in the district composed of Montgomery and Christian Counties, receiving a majority of the delegates, but being defeated in the convention. He was elected County Judge in November, 1873, and has served in that position ever since, giving general satisfaction. No estate has ever lost a cent on account of bonds being insufficient; he is always at his office during business hours, and attends strictly to his official duties. He has been renominated for the office of County Judge at the ensuing November election (1882), by the Democratic party of Montgomery County. He was married, April 29, 1859, to Miss Celeste Hazard, who was born in Alton, Ill., and is a daughter of Evan M. and Jane Hazard, the latter a native of Huntsville, Ala., and the former of Rhode Island. Judge and Mrs. Kingsbury have four children — Mary Evelyn, Jessie C., Willie V. and Ross. Judge Kingsbury is not a member of any particular church organization, but a patron of all; his wife is a member of the Episcopal Church.

Extracted 22 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 328.

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