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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Hot Spring County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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W. W. Dutton, the popular circuit clerk and ex officio county clerk of Hot Spring County, was born in Marshall, Tex., and is a son of Alfred Dutton and Eliza Dyer, of Massachusetts and Indiana, respectively. The father was educated in his younger days for the ministry, and graduated from Bowdoin College, at Springfield, Mass., but shortly after that event he moved to Texas, where he took up the study of law and was licensed to practice. While there he met and married his wife, by whom he had three children: Henry O. (now residing at Mount Vernon, Tex., and a prominent merchant of that place), W. W. (the principal in this sketch) and Eudora J. (wife of J. E. Kimberlin, also of Mount Vernon, Tex.). W. W. Dutton, the second son of his parents, was reared on a farm in Texas, and educated in the public schools of his native county. In 1872 he moved to Hot Spring County, Ark., and commenced farming, and at the same time employed part of his time in teaching. In 1880 he was appointed deputy clerk, and held that position a short time, but wishing to obtain a knowledge of the higher branches of education, he left it to attend the Arkansas University at Fayetteville. Sometime after his return, in 1882, he was elected and served one term as circuit clerk and ex officio county clerk, and was again elected in 1888 on the Democratic ticket, filling these offices in a manner that reflected great credit on himself and with entire satisfaction to the people of Hot Spring County. His pleasant address and agreeable manners, as well as his efficiency and manifested qualification in the discharge of official duties, have won the confidence of his fellow citizens, and he well deserves the honor bestowed upon him. Mr. Dutton was married November 15, 1884, to Miss Annie L. Orr, of Ohio, by whom he has had two children: Roy (born February 7, 1887) and Annie L. (born July 28, 1889).

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This family biography is one of 52 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Hot Spring County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Hot Spring County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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