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Below is a family biography included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. in 1879.  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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E. H. BLANCHARD, druggist, Bloomington; among the business men of Bloomington who are thoroughly educated gentlemen, is Mr. E. H. Blanchard, the Chestnut street druggist; he is a native of Vermont; a graduate of the Middlebury College, also a graduate of the Andover Theological College, of Massachusetts. He was Pastor of the Congregational Church, of Warwick, Mass., for eight years. It was there he became acquainted with Mr. Blaine, and many other prominent men of national reputation, some of whom were members of his church. His health failing, he came West, in 1868 and, in 1869, became the successor of Wm. W. Marmon, by the purchase of the Chestnut Street Drug Store, which he has since conducted successfully. By energy and economy, he has established a fair business, and is well known and respected by many of the prominent citizens of Bloomington.

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This family biography is one of 1257 biographies included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of McLean County, Illinois

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