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McLean County, Illinois
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CALVIN RAYBURN, of the firm of Rayburn & Barry, attorneys at law, and occupying a worthy position among his professional brethren of Bloomington, is a native of the Buckeye State, having been born in London, Madison Co., Ohio, Dec. 20, 1847. His father, William K. Rayburn, was a native of Ross County, Ohio, and his grandfather was Judge James Rayburn, who was born in Virginia. The father of the latter was the son of one of three brothers who emigrated to America from Scotland prior to the Revolutionary War, in which two of the brothers took part.

William K. Rayburn, the father of our subject, was a farmer and stock-raiser and became a resident of this State and county in 1851. He located in Bloomington Township, where he lived two years, then moved into Blue Mound Township, remaining until the fall of 1873. He then purchased a farm in Empire Township, where the family removed and where he lived four or five years; thence he moved to his father's farm, where he remained until the latter's death. In the spring of 1885 William K. Rayburn removed to El Dorado, Kan., where he now lives.

The mother of our subject, formerly Miss Amanda M. V. Dungan, of Ohio, was the daughter of Wilson Dungan, a prominent merchant of London, in that State. By her marriage with William K. Rayburn she became the mother of eleven children, five of whom died in infancy. The six surviving are four sons and two daughters, of whom Calvin, our subject, is the eldest.

The education of Calvin Rayburn was first conducted by a private teacher and he afterward attended the city schools of Bloomington. He remained under the home roof until twenty-one years of age, then entered Illinois Wesleyan College [ed., Illinois Wesleyan University] from which he graduated in 1876. He then taught school two years as Principal of the High School at Shelbyville, Ill., and in 1878, he was Superintendent of Hillsboro City Schools.

Having decided upon the study of law. He entered the office of Rowell & Hamilton, in Bloomington, under whose instruction he studied one year, and took a course in the Law Department of Wesleyan University. From there he graduated in 1879, and was at once admitted to the bar. He opened an office in July, 1879, and entered into partnership with H. H. Green, who withdrew two years later, since which time Mr. Rayburn has conducted his practice alone.

Mr. Rayburn is an enterprising and useful citizen who has fully identified himself with the interests of the community. He is one of the Directors, and Secretary and Treasurer of the Electric Light Company, and local attorney for the Thompson-Huston Electric Company of Boston, Mass.

The marriage of our subject occurred on the 12th of July, 1877, when he was united with Miss Jennie Buttolph, of Bloomington, and they have one child, a sonWilliam B.

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), 629. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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