WILLIAM C. CONNELL, attorney at law of Vinton, was born in Ripley County, Ind., June 18, 1830. He is the son of William and Clarissa (Chase) Connell. Our subject was reared on a farm, and when ten years old was sent to a subscription school, where he obtained a limited education.
Nov. 3, 1850, Mr. Connell was married to Miss Maria M., daughter of Henry Shults, a relative of Gov. Shults of Pennsylvania. She was born in Fayette County, Pa., Feb. 26, 1830. In June, 1854, they came to this place, and in 1856 Mr. Connell commenced to read law with Judge Shaw, and was admitted to the bar in April, 1857. He immediately went into partnership with John Alexander and continued for three years, then set up for himself, running his business alone for a few years, when he formed a partnership with Charles H. Conklin, who subsequently became District Judge. This partnership continued but a short time, and since its dissolution he has remained alone. He has, by constant application to business, built up a very respectable practice, and may be considered a self-made man in the strictest sense.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 289.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 10th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.