HISTORY OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

Biographical Appendix

  

William H. Edgar

William H. Edgar, receiver of the United States land office, was born in Cedar County, Iowa, September 17, 1851, and is the son of William R. Sr., and Rebecca G. (Tichenor) Edgar, native of Rahway, N.J., and Warren Co., Ohio, respectively. The Edgar family originated from Scotland, and immigrated to New Jersey about 1720, locating near Rahway. The great-grandfather and grandfather were soldiers in the Revolutionary War.  They both died in New Jersey.  The father of our subject immigrated to Ohio when a young man was married in Lebanon, and in 1835 he immigrated to Iowa, being among the first settlers of that state.  He remained there until after the late war, when he came to Iron County, (1866) and located near Ironton, where he died in 1879, at the age of seventy-five. The mother died several years prior to this.  They were the parents of eight children, three now living: Harriet M., Henrietta R. and William R.  One brother, James was killed at the battle of Iuka, Miss., September 19,1862. He was a member of Company A Fifth Regiment, Iowa Infantry.  William R. Edgar was reared in Iowa until fourteen years of age, and assisted his father on the farm until twenty years of age, receiving his education in the Arcadia College and St. Louis Law School, being a graduate of both institutions.  He taught school four years; the last year he was principal of the Ironton public schools.  In 1878 he was elected prosecuting attorney, and was re-elected four times in succession.  He only served six months of his last term, resigning to accept his present office.  He was married October 5, 1880 to Miss Pressia S. a daughter of Isaac G. Whitworth, and by whom he has two children, Maude and William R. Jr.  Mr. Edgar is a man well known throughout the county and is much respected by all.  He has good business qualifications, and will succeed in whatever undertaking he attempts.  He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and is Master of the same.