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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin 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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Thaddeus A. Lowe, attorney-at-law, Union, Mo., was born in Northumberland County, Penn., November 24, 1835. His father, Jesse Lowe, was also a native of that county, and his mother, Rachel (Plotts) Lowe, was a native of New Jersey. Her father, John Plotts, served in the Revolutionary army. The subject of this sketch was educated, in part, in Pennsylvania, in which State he began to teach in 1854, and he began to read law about the same time. Soon afterward he went to Jones County, Iowa, where he completed his classical and mathematical studies. In Jones and Linn Counties, Iowa, he taught school fourteen terms. In 1859 he resumed the study of the law in Linn County, and in 1862 was admitted to the bar at Marion, and a few months later he was admitted at Davenport, to practice in the supreme court of the State. During this same year he entered the Union army, and served six months. He was obliged to retire on account of ill health. In 1863 Mr. Lowe moved to St. Louis, and in the spring of 1865 he established a law office at Union, where he has since been engaged in successful practice. In 1866 he was elected county superintendent of public schools, and held that position two years. As a lawyer he is an indefatigable worker, and is extremely tenacious, is well informed, is an earnest and logical speaker, and is a successful advocate. He has on several occasions been appointed special judge, and is at home on the bench as well as at the bar. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1880, which nominated Gen. Garfleld for President. Mr. Lowe was first married, in 1865, to Miss Helen V. Johnson, of Franklin County. She died in 1870, leaving one son. Mr. Lowe was married again, in 1872, to Miss Sadie Black, of the same county, by whom he has three children, as follows: George B., Charles and Beulah N.

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