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WILLIAM T. LUTTRELL. A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner, neither do uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify for usefulness and happiness. The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean, rouse the faculties and excite the invention, prudence, skill and fortitude of the voyager.

The subject of this sketch has passed through many of the vicissitudes of life, and has been thoroughly schooled by experience. He never studied books three months in his life. He is one of the pioneer boys of Morgan County, born Dec. 20, 1831. His parents came to Morgan County, where his father located on land south of Franklin. John R. Luttrell, his father, was born in Adair County, Ky., April 1, 1810, where he lived until 1822, when he came here and commenced farming. Here he still lives.

Our subject had four brothers - Hiram J., James Monroe, Isaac Newton, and John W., in Franklin, Morgan County. Hiram married Mary E. Hammond; both are deceased. They had three sons - Albert, henry A. and Richard. James married Mary A. Ward, of Franklin; they both died leaving four children - Lewis, Thomas, Ernest and Cora. Isaac Newton married Catherine Brewer, of Morgan County; he is a farm of New Virden, Sangamon County, this State. Our subject married twice, his first wife, Mary F. Burnett, died without issue. The second wife, Eliza A. Wright, is a native of Illinois. Her grandfather was in the Revolutionary War.

William T. Luttrell has a good war record. He enlisted Aug. 9, 1862, in the 101st regiment, Illinois Infantry, Col. Fox commanding. Capt. J. M. Fanning was the commander of his company. He saw service in 1863 at Vicksburg, and was under Gen. Grant at Missionary Ridge Sept. 23, 24 and 25. He was also with Gen. Sherman on his famous march to the sea, and was finally discharged at Washington, D. C., June 7, 1864. He enlisted as a private soldier and by strict attention to duty was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant.

After the war closed he returned to the peaceful pursuit of agriculture in Morgan County, where he owns a splendid farm of 250 acres, all accumulated since his return from the war. Mr. Luttrell has a good military and civilian record and bears a first-class reputation among his neighbors for all the qualities that constitute a good citizen. He is a Republican in politics, but the allurements of office have no charms for him.

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