Almon G. Danfortli, banker, Washington, was born in Washington, Ill., December 8, 1840 the son of Asa H. and Catherine A. (Rupert) Danforth, who were natives of Massachusetts and Virginia. Both parents are deceased, the father’s death occurring in 1890 and the mother’s in February of 1901. Mr. Danforth was educated in the home schools, in the Eureka University, and Knox College, Galesburg. In 1857 he was made cashier of the Prairie State Bank of Washington, which position he held until 1862, when he went into the mercantile business, as member of the firm of A. H. Danforth & Co. In 1872 the firm of Danforth, Snow & Co. was organized to do a banking business. In 1875 Mr. Snow retired from the firm and A. G. Danforth continued the business under the firm name of A. G. Danforth & Co., a private house which is doing business up to the present day. Mr. Danforth owns a farm of 1,200 acres near Washington, which is devoted to the breeding of fine horses. “Little Louise,” a fine animal with a record of 2:10 1-4, was raised on this place. He also has a goodly number of other horses with fast records.
On October 17, 1861, Mr. Danforth was married to Susan A. Bourton of Tazewell County, and of this union six children have been born; George C.; Jessie, the wife of Homer W. McCoy of Chicago; Catherine A., the wife of G.
B. Franks of Peoria; Asa H.; Mary D., the wife of George Stimson of Washington, and Helen. In his political views, Mr. Danforth is a Democrat, although he cast his vote for McKinley. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity, and attends the Presbyterian Church.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 993
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