McLean County, Illinois
HARRISON C. LOTT, Superintendent and Manager of the County Poor Farm of McLean County, was placed in charge of this institution on the 1st of March, 1882, and has occupied it since that time with credit to himself and satisfaction to all concerned. The farm is located on section 33, Bloomington Township, and within the last four years has had an increase of inmates at the rate of about eight persons per annum. The farm consists of 220 acres, and is beautifully located. The main building is of brick, with slate roof, and furnished with all the conveniences necessary for the care and comfort of a large household. The barns and out-buildings are in keeping with the asylum, and do credit to the benevolence of the people of McLean County.
The subject of our sketch was born in Jefferson County, Ind., Aug. 18, 1848. His father, Abner Lott, was a native of Kentucky, and when a young man went to Jefferson County, Ind., where he married Miss Mary Orrill, who was born in Virginia, of German descent. The parents succeeded in opening up a good farm in Jefferson County, where they are now living a comfortable and happy old age among the friends and associates of many long years, and loved and respected by all who know them. Abner Lott is now sixty-eight years of age, and his wife, Mrs. Mary Lott, sixty-three.
Harrison C. Lott was the fourth child of a family of five sons and seven daughters. He was reared at home, applied himself contentedly to farm life, and attended the district schools of his native county. At the age of fifteen years he enlisted in the 146th Indiana Infantry, and served seven months, the war then closing, which terminated his soldier life. During the short time he was in the service they were compelled to march forty-eight hours without food. At the age of nineteen, he started out to battle for himself, and came to McLean County, Ill., where he engaged in agricultural pursuits.
On the 29th of January, 1873, Mr. Lott was married to Miss Mary J. Waddington, a native of Williamson County, Ill., who was born May 12, 1848, and was the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Kershaw) Waddington. Her parents were natives of England, and came to the United States before their marriage, settling in Williams County [ed., Williamson County], where they were married, and afterward removed to McLean, locating in Downs Township, where they established a permanent home and passed the remainder of their days. Mrs. Lott remained with her parents until her marriage, and by her union with our subject became the mother of six children, the two eldest of whom, Ida M. and one unnamed, died in infancy. The living are George A., William H., Jessie E. and Elsie B.
Mr. and Mrs. Lott have lived in McLean County since their marriage, and in his business and farming operations our subject has been uniformly successful. His management of the Poor Farm has been wise and judicious, and he has proved himself fully equal to the duties of a difficult position. He has held various minor offices in his township, and in politics is a solid Republican. Both Mr. and Mrs. Lott are members in good standing of the Christian Church. Mr. Lott is a member of the G. A. R., Post 146, of Bloomington, Ill.
It is with pleasure that the publishers of this work present the portrait of Mr. Lott, as being that of an honored and worthy representative of Bloomington Township.
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), 404. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.
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