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GEORGE FOREMAN, a prominent resident of the little city of McLean, is a blacksmith by trade, and has obtained quite a reputation as an importer of English draft horses. He was born in Norfolk County, England, Jan. 23, 1841, and is the son of George and Hannah (Loads) Foreman. His father was also a dealer in horses, and spent his entire life in Norfolk County.

At the age of fifteen years our subject was apprenticed to the blacksmith trade, at which he served four years, and was afterward employed at jour work until 1863. He then came to America, locating first in Toronto, Canada, where he worked until 1865.

He then came West to Illinois, and passed the following winter in McLean County. In the spring he returned to Canada, where he spent the summer, and then, in the fall of 1866, he returned to this locality, rented a shop at McLean, and commenced business on his own account, carrying on horse-shoeing and general repairing.

He is a natural mechanic, and soon gathered about him numerous friends and patrons, becoming one of the most popular artisans of the kind in this vicinity. In 1872 he commenced dealing in horses, first purchasing the Norman stallion, Louis Napoleon. The following year he purchased a Clydesdale stallion, imported from Canada.

In 1883, accompanied by his wife and daughter, he returned to England, where he combined business with pleasure, visiting among his old friends and acquaintances for several months, and in the meantime looking around among the fine stock of his native county and vicinity. While on this trip he purchased the celebrated English draft horse "Stowbridge," which he still owns. In 1885 he made another trip to England, and brought back with him four valuable animals, two of which he sold at a high price, and the other two still remain in his possession.

Mr. Foreman was married, in October, 1867, in New York, to Miss Emily Bunton, who was born in his own county and there reared to womanhood, They became the parents of one child, a daughter, Alice, who still remains at home with her parents. Mr. Foreman is in all respects an enterprising and progressive citizen, and a valued member of the community. In politics he is Republican, and socially belongs to McLean Lodge No. 469. A. F. & A. M. [ed., Ancient Free and Accepted Masons].

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


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