William Henry Perrin.

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various branches. He was united in marriage
in 1845 to Prudence Reeves, a daughter of



Barnes Reeves. This union has given ten
children, eight of whom survive — James S.,
Lewis D., William K., Franklin P., Rachel,
Lncy A., Mary E. and Richard M. The oldest
son, James S., served in the late rebellion, a

member of the Eighty-first Illinois Volunteer
Infantrj-, Col. Collins. Mr. Ward has served
as Justice of the Peace and Supervisor for many
years. In political affairs, he casts his lot
within the Democratic ranks.

Sketch received too late fo

road and warehouse commissioner, Mount
Vernon, 111. We have in the character of
this sketch a representative man, vrhose ear-
nest efforts have won for him a position of
high merit, and whose genial, pleasant man-
ners have not failed to leave an impress on
the minds of all with whom he has become
acquainted of genuine regard. He was born
May 1, 1855, in Wilmington, Ohio. He re-
moved with his father, Stephen T., to Mer-
cer County, 111., in 1855, and in 1857 to
Mount Vernon. He attended the Mount
Vernon Seminary and awhile at McKendree
College, two years at Washington University,
at St. Louis, and two years he spent at the
Wesleyan University, at Delaware, Ohio, fin-
ishing his school course there in 1873. In
1872, he returned home from Delaware, and
being in poor health he was advised by the
family physician to teach a term of school
some distance in the country. This he did,
taking a school at 130 per month, and rode
on horseback a distance of five miles from
his home and return daily. By the close of
his school, he was able to resume his studies
at the university, of Delaware, Ohio. In
1874, the authorities of the Mount Vernon
High School wisely chose him as Principal.
One year later, he accepted the Principalship
of the high school at Nashville, 111. Here he
had the chance to show his worth, having
the advantage of one of the finest school
buildings in Southern Illinois and a large
number of enterprising students. He sub-

r insertion in proper place.

sequently withdi'ew from this place, much to
the regret of the citizens of Nashville, and
took charge of the schools of Edwardsville,
this State. In the fall of 1878, he was in-

I vited to take a position in Washington Uni-
versify, at St. Louis, which he accepted, and
his services were much appreciated in the

i academic department for two years. During
the time he was here, hie time was not all
consumed at teaching, and he studied law.
In the spring of 1880, he was admitted to the
bar, and in the same year was nominated and
elected from the Forty-sixth District to the
Thirty-second General Assembly of the State
of Illinois. In 1882, he was the Republican
nominee for State Superintendent of Public
Instruction, but was defeated. Although
beaten at the polls, he made a noble fight for
the nomination, having as competitors several
of the best teachers of the State. In the fall
of 1882, be resiimed the practice of law at
Mount Vernon, and on March 9, 1883, he
was appointed by Gov. Hamilton as one of
the three Railroad and Warehouse Commis-
sioners for the State of Illinois, to succeed
Hon. William H. Robinson, of Fairfield, 111.
This position he now occupies. The record
of Mr. Stratton's life is a history of earnest
and faithful work; 'of the actions and em-
ployments of one who has done thoroughly
and well whatever he undertook to do, and
whose life will — imperceptibly, perhaps, but
not the less surely^exercise an influence for
good on those with whom he was brought in

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