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1903 Bio. ~ Thomas F. Withrow ~ born Kanawha County, West Virginia
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: December 13, 2003 at 18:52:38
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THOMAS F. WITHROW was born in Kanawha County, West Virginia, on the 6th of
March, 1833. His father was a strong opponent of slavery and removed to the
free State of Ohio when his son was a boy. Thomas received a good education and
at the age of twenty-one became the editor of the Mt. Vernon Republican. In
1855 he removed to Janesville, Wisconsin, where he was one of the editors of
the Free Press. He began the study of law and the year following removed to
Fort Madison, Iowa, and entered the law office of Miller & Beck and was admitted
to the bar in 1857. Governor Lowe selected him for his private secretary in
1858 when he entered upon the duties of the executive office and at the close
of his term, when the Governor became one of the Supreme Judges. Mr. Withrow
was appointed Reporter of the Supreme Court, a position which he held seven
years. During that time he compiled and published thirteen volumes of reports.
When he entered upon the practice of his profession, the firm of Withrow,
Gatch & Wright was formed which continued until 1872. In 1866, Mr. Withrow was
chosen chairman of the Republican State Committee and for several years was one
of the influential managers of the party. In 1873 he was appointed general
solicitor of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Company and removed to
Chicago which became his permanent home. For twenty years he held the
important position which took him from Iowa, becoming one of the great lawyers of
the west. He died suddenly in the zenith of his intellectual powers, on the 3d
of February, 1893.

Debbie Clough Gerischer
Iowa Gen Web, Assistant CC, Scott County
IAGENWEB: Special History Project:
Gerischer Family Web Site:

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