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McLean County, Illinois
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HORATIO G. BENT, LL. B., Professor of Common Law and Equity Pleadings and attorney at law, of Bloomington, is a native of Louisiana, but has been a resident of the Prairie State since 1859. He was born in the city of New Orleans, Nov. 22, 1857, being the son of Horatio and Lucinda (Grimes) Bent, the former a native of Massachusetts, and the latter of Batavia, N. Y. Horatio Bent, Sr., left his native State when a young man, and going South to New Orleans, engaged in the commission business and remained there until the breaking out of the Civil War, when he came North, locating in Bloomington in 1859, but only lived a few years afterward, his death occurring in 1865. His wife, with her two children, our subject and his sister, Nellie, who still survive, are all now residents of Bloomington, the sister having married James S. Neville, a prominent attorney here.

Horatio Bent, Jr., completed his primary education in the public schools of Bloomington and then entered Wesleyan University [ed., Illinois Wesleyan University], from which he graduated in 1879. He then studied law in the office of Stevenson and Ewing, took a course of study in the law department of the Bloomington Law School, whence he graduated in 1882, and was admitted to the bar that same year. He commenced the practice of his profession in St. Paul, Minn., but returned to Bloomington in the fall of 1883, forming a partnership with John J. Pitts. Six months later Mr. J. P. Lindley was taken into the firm, and the three have operated together since that time. This is one of the strongest firms in the city, all of its members being ambitious to excel in their chosen profession. In 1886 Mr. Bent received the nomination for County Judge by the Democratic party with which he affiliates, but missed the election on account of a large Republican majority. Aside from his professional duties Mr. Bent is a professor in the Law School of Bloomington, with which he has been connected for the last three years, and at which he graduated with the honors of his class before entering upon his practice.

The marriage of Horatio G. Bent and Miss Adah Crist, of Bloomington, was celebrated at the home of the bride's parents in 1880. Mrs. Bent is the daughter of Dr. I. W. Crist, and by her marriage with our subject has become the mother of two children Horatio C. and Lewis G. Our subject is a prominent member of the First Baptist Church, and Mrs. B. is connected with the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church.

[SOURCE: Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887). Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.]


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