Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia
HISTORY OF MACOUPIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
DESCRIPTIVE OF ITS SCENERY,
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.
KEPLINGER, MARTIN L.
- was born in Morgan county, Illinois January 25th, 1847. Samuel Keplinger his father, was a native of East Tennessee. The family is of German ancestry, and first settled in Maryland. Mr. Keplinger was a blacksmith, but subsequently abandoned the trade and engaged in farming. He with his father's family emigrated to Illinois in 1828, and settled in Morgan county, where he has remained up to the present. He married Permelia Greene, daughter of Rev. John Green, one of the earliest settlers fo Morgan county. The subject of our sketch is the seventh in a family of four girls and three boys. He remained at home until 1865, when he entered the Illinois
Wesleyan University at Bloomington, and graduated from that institution in 1869. After his graduation he taught school and worked upon the farm until 1872, when he entered the law offices of General John I. Rinaker, of Carlinvile and read law, and at the January term 1872 of the Supreme Court for the Central Grand Division, was admitted to the practice. He then formed a law partnership with Gen. Rinaker, which continued until January 1st, 1879. He then formed a partnership with W. H. Steward, which continued to the present. He in connection with Mr. Steward, became proprietors in December, 1878, of the Macoupin county Abstract Titles. He is republican in politics, and cast his first vote for U. S. Grant, in 1868. He is a member of the M. E. Church and superintendent of the Sabbath school. He is also Librarian of the public library. In the practaice of law, Mr. Kepling has no specialties but prefers, and is better adapted by years of study, for the probate practice and the examination of title in real estate. He is a careful, painstaking lawyer.
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