HENRY G. REEVES, attorney at law, Bloomington, is a native of the Keystone State, having been born in Pittsburgh, Pa., June 13, 1845. His father, Barnes C. Reeves, a farmer by occupation, was a native of New Jersey, and his mother, before her marriage, was Miss Mary M. Gray. After their marriage they settled in Pennsylvania, where they lived until the fall of 1855, when they started for the West, and coming into Illinois, settled in Old Town Township, this county, where Mr. Reeves died the following year. His widow, the mother of our subject, was thus left with several children, of whom Henry G., our subject, was the eldest. The mother died in 1884, upon the farm where they first settled. Two brothers still reside in Old Town Township.

The subject of this history was reared on the farm, and received his early rudimentary education in the log-cabin school-houses, this being principally in the winter season, the boy's assistance being required on the farm during the summer. He was fond of his books, and made the most of his opportunities, in the meantime keeping his eyes open to what was going on around him in the world. In the fall of 1861 he entered Wesleyan University [ed., Illinois Wesleyan University], from which he graduated in 1866, in the meantime having done service in the army. In June, 1862, the war being then in progress, many of his fellow students enlisted in the Union service, our subject among them, becoming a member of Co. G, 68th Ill. Vol. Inf., and serving six months. The regiment was first sent to Washington, thence to Alexandria, where our subject assisted in provost duty. He was mustered out in the fall of 1862. After his retirement from the army, Mr. Reeves returned to Bloomington and completed his college course. He commenced reading law under the instruction of Judge Reeves of Bloomington, and was admitted to practice in this city in 1867, where he has since been engaged with fair success.

The subject of our sketch was married in Bloomington, Dec. 25, 1866, to Miss Hattie Niccolls, and in the spring they went to housekeeping on North Main street, where they reside to-day. They have one daughteróLettie N. The family residence is the abode of peace and plenty, and its inmates are surrounded by all the comforts of life, and among those whom they most value have hosts of friends. Mr. and Mrs. Reeves have been connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church of Bloomington since its organization, and have contributed to its support liberally of their means. Mr. Reeves has been a member of the Board of Trustees for six years, and has served as Sunday-school Superintendent for seven years. Socially he is a member of the G. A. R., belonging to Bloomington Lodge No. 43. Mr. Reeves is in possession of the commission which was issued to Abner Reeves when a soldier in the Revolutionary War, who was the great-great-grandfather of our subject. In politics Mr. Reeves is a stanch Republican.

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), 659. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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