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Prominent Businessman of Council Bluffs Iowa. Born in Grand Detour, Illinois on Feb. 22, 1851 Lived with his father, Christopher Wadsworth on the old homestead until 1868. Commenced the study of Law in Dixon, with the law firm of Eustace, Barge & Dixon. After two years study, taught school in the country for the next three years to earn money. During the years of 1873-1875 he attended the Illinois State Normal University, and at the same time acted as night ticket agent for the Illinois Central Railroad at Bloomington, Illinois. In the way he paid the expenses of his schooling at the University. After leaving the university he was appointed Superintendent of the schools at Heyworth, Illinois, where he taught for one year, and until he was elected Superintendent of Schools of Ogle County, having defeated the Republican nominee, who had a political majority in his favor of 2,300 votes. After serving for about one year in this latter capacity he moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa. Acted as the general manager of the Union Abstract and Trust Company, in which capacity he has won the confidence of the business public. He is also Secretary of the Council Bluffs Board of Trade, and one of the Park Commissioners of the City of Council Bluffs. During the year 1883 he traveled extensively in Europe and on his return was married to Anna E. Etnyre at Oregon, Illinois October 11, 1887, and Paul E. born November 12, 1889. Religiously Samuel was a Unitarian and in politics a Democrat; he was the chairman of the Democratic Central Committee.

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