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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - George W. M. Pittman

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois with Illustrations," 1878


GEORGE W. M. PITTMAN was born in Butler county, Ohio, on the 11th day of September, 1847. His father, George PITTMAN, was born in New Jersey, and settled in Ohio at a very early age. He married a lady by the name of Eliza BOKE, of Butler county, Ohio. Nine children were born to them, of whom six are still living. Dubois PITTMAN, one of the sons, enlisted in the 126th Regt. Illinois Volunteers, at the beginning of the great Rebellion, and was mortally wounded at the battle of Kenesaw Mountain, dying a few days later. The family left Ohio in 1856, and settled near Mahomet, in this county, in October of the same year, where the father engaged in farming, which business he followed until a few years since, when he retired from active life. He and his wife are both alive, and living near the village of Mahomet. The subject of our sketch attended school at Mahomet during the winter of 1859 and '60, and in the fall of 1861 entered Illinois Wesleyan University, at Bloomington. Here he remained but six months. In January, 1863, he entered Asbury University, Greencastle, Indiana, and completed a classical course, graduating from the institution on the 27th day of June, 1867. He then attended the Michigan University law-school at Ann Arbor, for one year, after which he obtained a position as instructor in the Methodist Academy, Danville, Ind., and taught for one year, at the same time pursuing his legal studies under the direction of Col. . In the summer of 1869 he was licensed to practice law in Indiana, his examination taking place at Terre Haute. However, he never engaged in the practice in Indiana, but came to this city and perfected himself in his legal studies. He was admitted to practice in the courts of this State in 1873. He opened his office in Champaign, July, 1874, and has continued the practice up to the present time. Mr. Pittman is a Republican in politics, and cast his first vote for U. S. Grant in 1868, and has adhered strictly to the fortunes and the party in its perpetuation ever since. Mr. Pittman as a lawyer, ranks already as one of the best at the bar of Champaign county. He is a clear, logical thinker, a fine pleader, and a gentleman of pleasing address, and with these united to an untiring energy, it is only a question of time when he will take a front rank in his profession. In his habits he is temperate, and adheres rigidly to those habits which insure a sound mind and a sound body. It is with pleasure that we present this brief biographical sketch of Mr. Pittman to the citizens of Champaign county. A portrait of the gentleman accompanies this sketch.

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