Biography - George Raymond

George M. RAYMOND, County Clerk, Hillsboro, is a native of Woodstock, Windsor Co., Vt., where he was born September 8, 1832, to George G. and Judith Hix (PHILLIPS) RAYMOND, both natives of the above county, where they both died. She was a daughter of Shadrach PHILLIPS. George G. is a son of George and Phoebe (COBB) RAYMOND. The parents of our subject had four children, of whom he was the oldest. The others were Edna I., widow of James E. L. SOUTHGATE, who, at the time of his death, was Assistant Cashier of the Winnebago National Bank; at that place his family now resides. Sarah S., a maiden, residing with her widowed sister; Elwyn P. died November 11, 1881, aged thirty-eight years, at Shellmound, Le Flore Co., Miss., where he had been for a considerable time in the capacity of book-keeper. Our subject received his education at the district school and atthe Green mountain Liberal Institute in his native town, after which he begun life as a farmer. In 1853, September 12, he came to Rockford, Ill., where he engaged in mercantile business, remaining two years. In 1856, he went to Alton and engaged in the marble business, which he carried on until in 1860, when on the 17th of July of that year he was married to Jennette BURDETT, a native of Lowell, Mass., of English-Scotch descent, and daughter of Emmons and Margaret (CARR) BURDETT, he a wheelright and machinist, now residing with his family in Litchfield. By this marriage there were tow children, both of whom died in childhood. In February, 1861, he moved to Litchfield, and there formed a partnership in mercantile business, under the firm name of Stoddard & Raymond, which they carried on for twelve years, when by the dissolution of the firm, he entered upon the duties ofbook-keeper for the banking firm of Beach, Davis & Co. During his residence atLitchfield, he held the following city offices: Alderman, two terms; City Treasurer, tow terms, and City Clerk, one term. In December, 1873, he took upon himself the duties of the office of County Clerk, having been previously elected upon the Granger ticket, the county being nearly six hundred Democratic majority. He was re-elected on the Republican ticket in a square political contest, and by virtue of an amendment to the Constitution, another year was added to his time, so that, in December, 1882, he will have served the people in this office nine years. He is a member of the Masons at Litchfield, in which order he has for several years been commanding officer. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and highly esteemed citizens of Hillsboro.

Extracted 19 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 115.

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