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McLean County, Illinois
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WILLIAM B. CARLOCK, attorney at law, Bloomington, is a native of the Prairie State, and was born in Woodford County, March 15, 1842. His father, Abraham W. Carlock, who lived in Overton County, Tenn., until arriving at manhood, was born in Virginia, and married Miss Mary Goodpasture, of Tennessee. After their marriage they located in Overton County, Tenn., where they remained until 1826, at which time they came to Illinois and lived for a while in Morgan County, whence they removed to McLean County, and thereafter to Woodford, where the father died, Feb, 19, 1884, being eighty-four years of age, he having been born April 7, 1800. Of the twelve children who completed the household circle, one died in infancy, and another lived until ten years of age. Ten children lived to mature years, and eight still survive, four brothers and four sisters, all being married and having families of their own.

The subject of this history was the eighth child of his parents, and passed his childhood and youth on the farm. He received a fair education in the common schools, and was reared to habits of industry and economy. After leaving home he entered Lombard University, at Galesburg, Ill., [ed., Lombard College in Galesburg, IL] where he pursued a thorough course of study, and graduated with the highest honors in the summer of 1867. In the meantime he also taught a select school for several terms, to assist in defraying his expenses while in college. Wishing to still further perfect himself for business and usefulness in life, he entered the law department of the State University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, and graduated from that institution in the spring of 1869. He was then admitted into the law office of Williams & Burr, of Bloomington, where he studied until December, 1869, and was then admitted to the bar. He soon afterward opened an office of his own, and began the practice of his profession, to which he has devoted his attention closely since that time, with the exception of a few months spent in Dakota, improving a tract of land, which he had purchased there. In this practice he has succeeded beyond his most sanguine expectations. He had a large circle of friends and acquaintances in both McLean and adjoining counties, which added to his success in the beginning of his career as a lawyer. Mr. Carlock is also the patentee of a wire device for improving the acoustic properties of public halls, churches, etc., from which he derives a handsome sum.

The marriage of Mr. Carlock with Miss Missouri McCart took place on the 6th of October, 1870. Mrs. Carlock was born May 20, 1848, being the daughter of Robert McCart, Sr., a prominent contractor and builder of Bloomington. She is also a sister of Robert McCart, Jr., an attorney at law at Ft. Worth, Tex., who was formerly in business in this city, where he was widely and favorably known, but is now, and has been a resident of Texas since 1877. Of this marriage there were born two sons Leslie B., Sept. 14, 1871, and William C., July 15, 1877.

In politics Mr. Carlock is a stanch Democrat, though frequently in local matters he votes for the man who is best qualified to fill the office, instead of following in the line of the party nomination; and while he has been an active and influential leader, he has never had any desire to neglect his business for the purpose of seeking office. Though a Democrat, he has always been in favor of accepting the good principles inculcated by any party.

Mr. Carlock is also a fluent German speaker, and much of his business is carried on in that language, and perhaps one-half of his legal and loaning business is with the German people. As a loan agent, he is considered one of the safest and most trustworthy that can be found, having kept himself well posted upon the valuation of property.

Mr. Carlock is a member of the Unitarian Church, and his wife of the Christian Church. He has held the office of Trustee, and has always taken a deep interest in the affairs of the church and the spread of liberal Christianity. As a lawyer he has been eminently successful, and is regarded as careful and painstaking, and has acquired an enviable reputation for his legal acumen, among his fellow members of the profession. His most lucrative practice is, perhaps, confined to cases in chancery, though he has devoted much time to important common law and criminal cases. As a special pleader, and in preparing and arranging the evidence on a case and presenting the same to a jury, he undoubtedly excels. He is already far advanced in the ranks of first-class Western lawyers.

Socially Mr. Carlock is polite and courteous to all, and his affability and bearing to his clients is such that he wins their confidence. He is much attached to his home, and takes a deep interest in the welfare of his county.

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), 579. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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