D. Frank Lawley, lawyer, was born in Ball Township, Sangamon County, Ill., June 26, 1863. He comes of good Southern stock, his paternal grandparents, William and Mary (Duncan) Lawley, being born in Virginia, while his maternal grandparents, Jonathan R. and Minerva E. (Barnard) Peddicord, were natives of Kentucky. His parents were D. W. and Cassandra P. (Peddicord) Lawley, the father’s place of birth being Sangamon County, Ill., in the year 1828. His mother was born in Kentucky in 1836.
Mr. Lawley’s education was acquired in the schools of Valparaiso, Ind., Minneapolis, Minn., and at the University at Ann Arbor, Mich. He diligently studied law while attending school at Valparaiso, was admitted to the bar, and for a time practiced his profession. Later he went to Minneapolis, where he attended school one year, going from there to college at Ann Arbor. In April, 1899, he came to Pekin and began the practice of law, opening an office in Court Street. About three years previous to his coming to Pekin he taught school at Galena, Ill. He is a Republican and a member of the Masonic Order. Mr. Lawley was married October 3, 1893, at St. Peter, Minn., to Miss Alice R. Gault, and they have one child, GIacys, who was born June 2, 1900.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 1038
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