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HORACE H. BLANTON

 

From the 1887 History of Vernon County, Missouri, p. 623-624:

Horace H. Blanton

(Late Prosecuting Attorney, of Vernon County, Residence, Nevada).

   Though at the time of his election one of the youngest prosecuting attorneys in the State, in point of years, Mr. Blanton had had an experience which ably qualified him to acceptably discharge the duties of this office, and during his service as prosecuting attorney he showed himself deserving of still greater honor from the people of Vernon county.  He was born in what is now Washburne, Barry county, Mo., April 20, 1860, and came of Southern antecedents on the side of his father, William H. Blanton.  The latter was a native of Alabama, an attorney by profession, who came to this State and county in 1855, and subsequently he became a prominent and influential citizen, representing the county in the Legislature in 1857 and 1858.  He died at Nevada in 1872.  The mother of Horace, whose maiden name was Martha J. Harbin, was born in Barry county, Mo.  The five children born of their marriage were:  Horace H., Willie, Mattie, now Mrs. Charles H. Prewitt, of this place; Mary, Etta and James W.  Horace H. Blanton passed the greater part of his youth within the limits of this county, and while not one of her native-born residents Vernon is entitled to him as one whose career has been so closely connected with the affairs of the community.  The principal part of his education was received at the State University, Columbia, Mo., after leaving which he began the study of law under the preceptorship of Hon. C. G. Burton.  May 2, 1881, he was admitted to the bar and immediately embarked in practice, and before long he was made city attorney, serving in that capacity four years.  In 1884 he was selected as the nominee of the Democratic party for prosecuting attorney over some of the most prominent attorneys in the county, and in November following was elected.  His subsequent career is familiar to all readers of this volume.  Miss Florence Mims became Mr. Blanton's wife December 2, 1885; she was a daughter of John Mims, and was born in London, England.  Mr. B. is a member of the Knights of Pythias.

 

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