William Hanna

William Hanna

Birth
Fayette County, Indiana, USA
Death 18 Dec 1900 (aged 73)
Warren County, Illinois, USA
Burial Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 96975648 · View Source
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William Hanna, manufacturer, Monmouth County, Illinois was born in Fayette County, Indiana, June 19, 1827 and died in Monmouth, December 18, 1900 as the immediate result of injuries received in a runaway near Cameron, Warren County on that day.
He was the son of John and Sarah (Crawford) Hanna, his father being a native of North Carolina and his mother of Virginia. In 1835, John Hanna brought his family to Illinois and settled upon a farm in Warren County, 12 miles northwest of Monmouth.
William, accompanied an expedition to the gold fields of California in 1849, and afterwards conducted a ranch on Feather River and carried on mining on the Yuba and American Rivers until 1851, when he returned to Illinois and engaged in farming in Henderson County. In July 1867, in company with William S. Weir and Dr. W.B. Boyd, he organized the Weir Plow Company, and was elected Treasurer of the corporation. In 1886, he bought the interest of Mr. Weir in the enterprise and became president of the company. In 1892 he sold a three-fifth interest in the concern to Martin Kingman and associates of Peoria, retaining a fifth interest and remained in the direcoriate.
The Maple City Soap Works was incorporated in 1890, and rapidly developed into one of the important industries of Monmouth. Of this concern William was the chief organizer, and from 1890 until the time of his death, was its President. He was also instrumental in the organization of the Monmouth Blanket and Saddlery Company, all of which corporations he served as President. In 1871, he assisted in the organiztion of the Monmouth National Bank, becoming a charter director, and served as President of that instution from 1874 to 1884. He was also one of the incorporators of the Keithsburg Bridge Company; was President and Treasurer of the Burlington, Monmouth and Illinois River and the Peoria and Farmington Railway Companies during their construction and until their consolidation with the Iowa Central; later became a director in the Warren County Library and of Lombard University at Galesburg. He had important holdings in real estate, including a rancy of 25,000 acres near Sweetwater, Texas, which he stocked with fine cattle from Illinois. In politics William was a Democrat, but never sought political honors, though he filled the office of Mayor of Monmouth for tow terms, 1880-1881. He was a Universalist in religious belief.
William married Sarah Findley, June 26 1851 in Warren County. She was daughter of James Findley.
They had three children
J. Ross Hanna
Mary J.E. Hanna
Sarah Frances Hanna (died in infancy)

Source: Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois


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73 years, 5 months, 29 days


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  • Created by: Vickye Blatherwick
  • Added: 13 Sep 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 96975648
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Hanna (19 Jun 1827–18 Dec 1900), Find a Grave Memorial no. 96975648, citing Monmouth Cemetery, Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Vickye Blatherwick (contributor 47619061) .