GURDON F. SALTONSTALL. The gentleman whose life will be briefly sketched in these paragraphs is one of the most successful lawyers of Pekin, and is at present officiating as State's Attorney. He is a member of an old and prominent eastern family that dates its history back to the Puritans of New England. The first representative of the family in America was Richard Saltonstall, who settled in Massachusetts in 1830.
The father of our subject, Dr. G. F. Saltonstall, was born in New London, Conn., and was a graduate of a medical college in Philadelphia. Early in the '40s, after a short residence in Scott County, Ky., he came to Tremont, Tazewell County, Ill., and here engaged in practice. In 1848 he removed to Missouri, and settled at Fayette, Howard County, where he retired from the profession and engaged in the manufacture of hemp rope and bagging. In 1850 he died of cholera in Marietta, Ohio. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Sarah A. Thompson, was born in Kentucky, and died in Fayette, Mo., in 1866.
The parental family consisted of five children of whom three are now living, Gurdon F. being the second in order of birth. He was born at Tremont, then the county seat of Tazewell County, and accompanied his parents to Fayette, Mo., where his education was conducted under private teachers. In 1866 he came to Pekin and commenced the study of law in this city. The following year he was admitted to the Bar at Ottawa, this state, since which time he has conducted an extensive practice in Pekin. For a few years he was engaged in partnership with another gentleman, but since 1870 he has been alone.
As an attorney, Mr. Saltonstall has gained an enviable reputation, and his councils are sought by the leading men of this section. He is thoroughly read in the law, and skilled in the management of cases submitted to him. In the Democratic party he wields a considerable influence, and invariably gives his support to the nominees of that organization. The political questions of the age have received from him the serious consideration which they demand, and he has firm convictions upon all subjects of general importance. In 1888 he was elected State's Attorney, and four years later was re-elected to that position, of which he is the present incumbent. He gives his aid to all public measures having for their object the promotion of the welfare of the people, and may be relied upon to support all projects that are beneficial and uplifting in their influences.
Submitted by Betty Doremus