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Below is a family biography included in History of Lee County, Iowa published by Western Historical Company 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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BRIDGEMAN, ARTHUR, GEN., Secretary of the Keokuk & Des Moines Railroad Co.; born in Hampshire, Mass., July 6, 1808; came to Burlington in 1838; engaged in mercantile business there for six years; then removed to Fairfield, Iowa, where he resided until 1849; during his residence in Fairfield, he was for a time Register of the General Land Office, and also carried on mercantile business while there; in 1849, he came to Keokuk, and, until 1861, he was engaged in merchandising here; since then, he has given his entire attention to railroad business; for several years, General Manager and Secretary of the K. & D. M. R. R.

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This family biography is one of 668 biographies included in The History of Lee County, Iowa published in 1879.  For the complete description, click here: Lee County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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