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Eicher, Henry, M.


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Date: 10/30/2020 at 11:30:30

Henry M. Eicher, of the firm of Dewey & Eicher, attorneys and counselors at law of Washington, is a native of the county, born in Marion Township, May 29, 1858, and a son of Rev. Benjamin Eicher and his wife, Lydia Sommer, of this county, to whom he was united in 1855. The elder Eicher was a native of France, who emigrated to this country when seventeen years old, locating in Wayne County, Ohio. In 1853 or 1854 he emigrated to Washington County, where he bought an improved farm of forty acres, to which he subsequently added 160 more, giving now a fine farm of 200 acres, on which he has a creamer and an artesian well, making it worth at least $75 per acre. Mr. Eicher is a well-read man, having received a liberal education in his native country. Several times he has been a candidate for the Legislature on the Democratic ticket, but the county being Republican by 200 to 400 majority, has always been defeated, although at one time by only sixteen votes.

Henry M. Eicher was reared on the farm, and after leaving the district school, completed his education at the Eastern Iowa Normal School. He chose the law for a profession and in 1880 began reading in the office of Dewey & Templin at Washington, in his native county. His studies were interrupted for a time by ill-health, but in September, 1883, he was admitted to the bar, and in the following month formed a copartnership with A. R. Dewey, Esq., one of the ablest lawyers of the Washington bar. The firm takes leading rank in the profession, and Mr. Eicher, young as he is, has shown himself possessed of the ability to command success in his chosen life work. Both as a lawyer and citizen he is held in high esteem by the people of his native county, and by all others who know him.

Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington County, Iowa (1887). Excerpt from Biographical Sketch of Henry M. Eicher, page 623.


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