Buena Vista County, IA
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Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 597-98.

Transcribed by Paul Nagy

Biography of  Henry Albert Danforth

Henry Albert Danforth, who owns a well improved and valuable farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Grant township, where he is successfully engaged in farming and stock-raising, was born in Livingston county, Illinois, November 15, 1881.  The father, Henry P. Danforth, was a native of Maine and when a child accompanied his parents on their removal to Woodford county, Illinois.  His first wife, who bore the maiden name of Sarah Lanpher, passed away in 1888 and he afterward married Lucy M. Scott, a native of Illinois.  The record of his children is as follows: William L., a resident of Grant township; Henry Albert, of this review; and Leroy A., who makes his home in Illinois.


Henry Albert Danforth attended the district schools of his native state until sixteen years of age and then studied at Bloomington for a year, on the expiration of which period he returned to the home farm.  On the 31st of December, 1902, he was united in marriage to Miss Carrie M. Kellar, whose birth occurred in Illinois, March 21, 1881, her parents being now deceased.  Her brothers and sisters are:  Dorothy, the wife of Homer J. Morrison; Mary, who is the wife of Walter A. Kesber; George, who is a street car conductor; and Harry, who is employed as a motorman by the street railway company.  Our subject and his wife have one child, Edith A., whose natal day was November 7, 1905.


In February, 1903, Mr. Danforth came to Iowa, purchasing his present farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Grant township, Buena Vista county, in the cultivation of which he has since been engaged.  The fields annually return golden harvests in return for the care and labor which he bestows upon them and in the conduct of his agricultural interests he has gained a measure of prosperity which well entitles him to representation among the substantial and progressive farmers of the community.


Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise Mr. Danforth has given his political allegiance to the republican party, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church.  Fraternally he is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America.  His genial nature and upright, honorable manhood have gained him the esteem and confidence of all with whom he has come in contact and the circle of his friends is almost co-extensive with the circle of his acquaintances.