Gregor McGregor, wholesale and retail hardware merchant, McGregor, Iowa, was born at Prairie du Chien, Wis., Aug. 23, 1845. When two years old he moved with his parents across the river to the Iowa side, where his father located the present city of McGregor. Gregor attended the public and select schools here until 1859, when he went East and attended the Fort Edwards Institute at Fort Edwards, N.Y., until 1864. He then read law in the office of Judge Stephen E. Brown, at Glenn's Falls, Warren County, N.Y., one year, when he returned to McGregor and engaged in general commission business, and one year later he established his present wholesale and retail hardware business. He now occupies a fine two story-brick building with a basement one hundred feet deep by fifty wide, and carries a full and complete stock of heavy and shelf hardware, valued at $60,000. This is one of the leading business houses of the city. Mr. McGregor is one of the "pioneer children" of McGregor, where he has been identified all his life. In 1878 he was elected a Republican Representative to the Iowa Legislature, and re-elected in 1880. He was also elected Mayor of McGregor in 1871 and re-elected in 1874, and is at present a member of the city council. He has always taken an active interst in the schools, or any thing that promises progression to the city. Mr. McGregor resides with his mother, who is now in the seventieth year of her age. She has but two children living, viz.: Gregor, subject of this sketch, and Gardner, who is engaged in farming at Monona. He married Emma Turk, of Troy, N.Y.
source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 995
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