THE City of McLeansboro
H. L. Maulding
The present circuit court clerk, was born in this county in 1859 and has been identified with our people here all his life. Receiving his education in the public schools he early equipped himself for his life work. In 1884 he was appointed deputy circuit court clerk and in 1892 elected clerk. In 1896 he stood for re-election, was successful, and is now closing his second term. He has given eminent satisfaction in the performance of the duties of his office and therefore his friends are legion. Mr. Maulding is married and has two children.
successful, the advantage derived by the county will be incalculable. Mr. Biggerstaff is an honored member of the G. A. R., has a wife and four children--two girls and two boys. W. A., the eldest son, was appointed as first lieutenant in company L Ninth Illinois volunteers, and served in Cuba during the Spanish-American war. Upon his muster out and return home he re-enlisted in company L, Forty-second U. S. V. infantry, and Chas. S., the youngest and remaining son, enlisted in Company G, Thirtieth U. S. V. infantry, and both are now serving their country in the Philippines. Thus is love of country and martial glory transmitted from father to sons,
The present state attorney, whose face stands at the head of this article, was born in Hamilton county in 1849, his father being one of the pioneers of the county. His early education was entrusted to the common schools of the day, after which he attended select schools, and later read law under the tutelage of H. C. Vice of Macedonia.
During these years he still worked his farm applying himself in the meantime assiduously to his books, keeping up with the current literature of the day and studying his volumes of Kent, Chitty, Greenleaf, Blackstone, Story, etc. to such an extent that in 1896 he was called upon and elected for four years to the office which he now holds, the term expiring the present year. He has just received a re-nomination for the second term, having a majority of over 600 votes in the primary election, thus proving the hold he has upon our people.
In the preparation of cases he is exceedingly careful, and in the exercise of his duties as state attorney he is ever on the alert to see that the interest of the state are respected. The secret of his popularity is his fidelity to his friends. He can always be relied upon to do just what he says he will do, and keeps his promises alike to friend and foe. He is a democrat in politics, broad and liberal in his views, tolerant to the opinions of others, and as an example of honest stands high in the esteem of the community. He goes about his business conscientiously and no man dare say that he has not been just. Mr. Sneed is married, has five children and lives in this city.
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