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McLean County, Illinois
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HENRY A. DOTY, one of the most successful contractors and skillful builders of Bloomington, is a native of Carlisle, Cumberland Co., Pa., and came to Illinois with his parents in 1850, when a child of thirteen years, his birth having occurred Sept. 26, 1837.

The parents of our subject were Henry A., Sr., and Elizabeth (Livenger) Doty, also natives of the Keystone State. The father followed the business of a contractor and builder for fifty-five years. He moved to Illinois in 1850, and lived in Bloomington until 1859, thence went to Ottawa, where he passed the remainder of his days, his death occurring in 1876.

The mother died in Bloomington in 1855. Of the seven children, of the parental family three only are living Catharine, Henry A. and Rebecca.

The subject of this history attended school until fourteen years of age, then learned the carpenter trade of his father in Pennsylvania. He came West with his family, and was an inmate of the parental household until 1859. The following year he went to Ottawa, and engaged in contracting and building for two years.

In 1861, the Rebellion then assuming alarming proportions, he enlisted in Co. E, 104th Ill. Vol. Inf., was promoted Orderly Sergeant, and continued in the service three years.

At the close of his military service Mr. Doty came to Bloomington. and engaged at his former occupation as contractor and builder. Among other important structures he superintended the building of the shaft for the Vermilion Coal Company, the Streator Coal Shafts, and the Pekin and Southwestern Railroad bridges, together with many of their depots. He then built the Union Depot on the Wabash Railroad at Howard Station, and has put up many of the finest structures in the city of Bloomington, frequently employing over 100 men and nine teams.

Henry A. Doty and Miss Effie M. Sackett were united in marriage at Bloomington, in 1885. Mrs. Doty is the daughter of Sabina and Martha E. (Hill) Sackett, and by her union with our subject has become the mother of one child, a son Earle E. By a former marriage Mr. Doty has two sons Willie H. and Charlie A.

Our subject in politics affiliates with the Republican party, and socially belongs to the Masons, the Odd Fellows [ed., Independent Order of Odd Fellows], the G. A. R. and the Seven Wise Men [ed., a/k/a the Improved Order of Heptasophs].

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), 364. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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