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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  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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McPHERRIN, WILLIAM, attorney at law, of the firm of McPherrin Bros., P. O. Clarinda; born July 3, 1845, in Knox county, Illinois. His early years were passed in the manner usual to farmer boys, improving, as opportunity offered, the advantages of the common schools. His higher education was received at Abingdon College, Illinois, and Genesee College, (now Syracuse University), New York. His legal training was received at Michigan University, from which he graduated in the spring of 1868. In the autumn of the year following, 1869, he came to Clarinda, entering upon the practice of his profession, in which he has since continued. In 1879 the present firm of McPherrin Bros., was formed. Mr. McPherrin has a war record of which he may justly be proud. He enlisted in company F, 66th Illinois infantry in March, 1863, serving until the close of the war. He was discharged in July, 1865, at Springfield, Illinois. Was married to Miss Fannie, daughter of Davidson Harris, of Abingdon, Illinois, on February 3, 1870, They are the parents of four children: Arthur J., Roy D., Paul P. and Nellie.

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