WILLIAM A. SHRIVER, M. D., one of the most prominent physicians and surgeons of Macoupin County, Illinois, who has been a resident of Virden since 1866 and is president of the Farmers' & Merchants' Bank, was born April 30, 1844, at Sugar Tree Ridge, Highland County, Ohio. He is a son of George A. and Mary A. (Hensley) Shriver, and a grandson of Peter Shriver, who was born in Pennsylvania and established the family in Ohio.
The father of Dr. Shriver was reared in Highland County, Ohio, where he resided until 1851, when he came to Illinois and settled near Rockford. In 1854 he removed to Pike County, where he purchased a farm on which his last years were spent. He married Mary Hensley, daughter of Joseph Hensley, a farmer of Highland County, Ohio, and nine children were born to them.
Dr. Shriver has been a resident of Illinois since the age of seven years, and here he obtained his education and then at the age of 15 years made his initial attempt at district school teaching. During the following three years, while his days were passed in the school room, his evenings and vacations were spent in medical study under that eminent physician, Dr. Pitzer, now a leading professional man of St. Louis. Later he entered the Eclectic Medical Institute of Cincinnati, and was graduated there in 1871, since which time he has been engaged in active practice. In the spring of 1866, Dr. Shriver located in Virden, of which city he has ever since been a most useful and honored citizen.
In addition to caring for a large practice and the fulfilling of the duties incumbent upon him as a member of various medical organizations, Dr. Shriver is interested in various successful business enterprises which require a large measure of his time and talent. Among these is the Farmer's & Merchants' Bank of Virden, a leading financial institution of the county, of which he has been president since October, 1893. The bank is operated by Dr. Shriver, and his son-in-law, Olin R. Rohrer, the latter being cashier.
In 1865 Dr. Shriver was married at Barry, Pike County, Illinois, to Carrie E. Howland, and five children were born to them. The two eldest of the family, Carrie and Frank, are deceased. The survivors are: Edith, who is the wife of Olin R. Rohrer, a banker of Virden; Estelle and Earl. The family is connected with the Methodist Church.
Although public spirited in everything pertaining to the advancement of Virden in its commercial, professional and social life, Dr. Shriver has avoided the annoyances attendant upon active political life, accepting only the presidency of the Board of Education for a period. He is held in the highest esteem in Virden and in the uprightness of his life and character reflects honor upon his profession and upon the city with which he has been so long and so prominently identified.