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JAMES T. GILDERSLEEVE, one of the peaceable and unostentatious citizens of Hudson Township, occupies a comfortable homestead on section 26, owned by his father, where he is carrying on agricultural operations with fair success.

Our subject is the son of Charles T. and Mary A. Gildersleeve, and was born in Hudson Township on the 10th of March, 1861. He was partially educated in the common schools, pursued his studies at the Illinois State Normal University five terms, and completed his school days by an attendance of two years at the University of Wooster, Ohio [ed., The College of Wooster].

After his return to Hudson Township our subject was married, on the 8th of December, 1883, to Miss Nettie A., the daughter of J. J. and Elsie M. Ham. Mrs. G. was also a native of Hudson Township, born on the 26th of March, 1865, and by her union with our subject has become the mother of one daughter, Elsie, born Oct. 15, 1885.

After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. G. settled upon the farm where they now reside and which belongs to the father of our subject, the latter having full charge. It comprises 320 acres of finely cultivated land and yields a handsome income for the tilling of the soil.

Mr. Gildersleeve is in all respects a praiseworthy citizen, and although young in years bids fair to become a prominent man in his community. In politics he is strongly Democratic, and in religion a firm adherent to the Baptist faith.

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


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