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Below is a family biography included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri 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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Hon. Richard P. Bland, Member of Congress, was born near Hartford, Ohio Co., Ky., August 19, 1835, and is a son of Stouton E. and Margaret (Nail) Bland, who were natives of Kentucky. The family was originally from Virginia, but immigrated to Kentucky in the time of Daniel Boone, and were among the earliest settlers of that country. Stouton E. Bland was a farmer by occupation, and died when comparatively young, being only about thirty-five years of age. The mother lived some years after his death. Of their four children, three are now living: Richard P., Charles C, judge of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit of Missouri, and Elizabeth, wife of Frederick Tutley, of St. Francois County, Mo., The subject of this sketch attained his growth on the farm in Kentucky, attending the public schools and Griffin’s Academy. In 1855 he came to Wayne County, Mo., taught school at Patterson for one term, and in the fall of the same year he went to California, where he studied law. In 1859 he went to Virginia City, Nev., and was admitted to the bar at Carson City United States Court. He then commenced practicing at Virginia City, and here remained until November, 1865, when he came back to Missouri, locating at Rolla, where he practiced law with his brother, C. C. Bland, until 1869, when he came to Laclede County and located at Lebanon. He here practiced his profession until 1872, when he was elected to Congress, and has been re-elected ever since, thus holding his membership for sixteen successive years. In 1877 he purchased the farm where he now lives, and built a large, handsome brick residence, into which he moved one year later. He has resided here ever since, and has a farm of 160 acres of improved land. While in Utah, Mr. Bland was elected county treasurer of Carson County, Utah, which position he held until the office was organized into the State of Nevada, in 1863. While there he was also engaged in the war against the Indians. Since his election to Congress, he has given up his profession. He was married December 19, 1873, to Miss Virginia E. Mitchell, of Rolla, Mo., and by whom he has five children: Fannie, Theodric R., Ewing C., George V. and Margaret. Mr. Bland is a member of the Masonic fraternity, K. T., and is one of the prominent men of the State of Missouri. He has made an excellent Congressman, and has been instrumental in having a great many important bills passed.

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This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Laclede County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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