WILLIAM H. CLAYTON, a representative and influential business man of Virden, and a man widely known throughout Macoupin County, who is held in high esteem by his acquaintances as a man of strict integrity and sound principles, operates an extensive livery business, and is also engaged in buying and selling horses, as well as shipping hay by the car-load. Our subject was born in Morgan County, Illinois, October 16, 1856, and is a son of Moses L. and Alpha M. (Clayton) Clayton.
Moses L. Clayton was a native of Kentucky, where he was a well known stockman, and an extensive stock shipper, as well as a highly respected citizen.
William H. Clayton received his preliminary educational training in the public schools of Macoupin County, after which he entered the Virden High School where he completed his education. He then entered upon the cares of a business man, building his large stable and engaging in the livery business, which he has successfully conducted ever since. Mr. Clayton as a buyer and seller of horses is a shrewd dealer and is known throughout the county for his judging of fine horses. His livery business consists of 20 rigs and many good horses, who receive the best care. In addition to his livery business, he operates a board and feed stable and receives the custom of many prominent farmers and residents of the community. He is a member of the Democratic party, and served his city in the capacity of alderman in 1900. Mr. Clayton is a director of the Virden Homestead & Loan Association, a position which he has held for some time. In fraternal circles he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the latter of Springfield, Illinois.
In 1886 Mr. Clayton was married to E. Mae Silloway a daughter of Fred W. Silloway, a resident of Springfield, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Clayton are the parents of two children - Harry S. and Bessie R.