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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Francis M. Harrington, one of the truly representative citizens of Adair County, is the son of Martin and Catharine (Hagaman) Harrington, and was born at Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., N. Y., December 5, 1837. In an early day the father immigrated to Illinois, and became an agriculturist, a calling to which his son naturally grew up. While not engaged about the home farm Francis devoted his time to the acquirement of an education, and afterward spent quite a period as a teacher in the public schools. His inclinations leading toward a professional life, he began the study of law at Pittsfield, Ill., and attended lectures in the law department of the University of Chicago, from which institution he was graduated in 1866. In July of that year he opened a law office at Kirksville, Mo., and from that time to the present he has successfully practiced his chosen profession in this county and surrounding country. As one of the oldest established attorneys in this section of the State, as well as by reason of his ability, and learning, he has built up a worthy reputation, and for several years served as county attorney. In 1868 he was chosen to represent this district in the State Legislature, and his career while in this position was such a creditable one that he was re-elected, and has continued to hold his seat until the past year. Such a record needs no additional words of comment. He has ever taken a prominent and hearty interest in all progressive movements, and was especially active in securing the location of the North Missouri Normal School at Kirksville; it is deserving of mention that while in the Legislature he secured an appropriation of nearly $36,000 for this school. He was one of the incorporators, and is now a stockholder of the Kirksville Savings Bank. In December, 1868, Mr. Harrington was married to Miss Martin Dutcher, of Barry, Pike Co., Ill., born in 1844. They have had six children, five of whom are living — two sons and three daughters. Mr. Harrington is much devoted to reading, and has one of the best libraries in the city.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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