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Fayette County, Iowa  

 History Directory

Past and Present of Fayette County Iowa, 1910

Author: G. Blessin


B. F. Bowen & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana


Vol. I, Biographical Sketches



~Page 1384~



(Photo in source book)


William Larrabee, Jr., was born at Clermont, Iowa, on December 11, 1870, and is a son of ex-Governor William and Ann M. APPELMAN Larrabee and a grandson of Capt. Adam Larrabee, who took a prominent part in the war of 1812. The subject's genealogy is traced to the French Huguenots who came to America early in the seventeenth century. The career of Governor William Larrabee is detailed at length elsewhere in this work and will, therefore, not be referred to further here.


William Larrabee, Jr., was reared under the parental roof and secured his elementary education in the public schools of Clermont. He then entered the collegiate department of the Iowa State University, where he was graduated with the class of 1893. He entered the law department of the State University, graduating in 1896.


Aside from his legal profession, Mr. Larabee is also interested in agriculture, owning several tracts of excellent and valuable farming land in this county. He is also a director and vice-president of the Clermont State Bank, one of the strong and influential monetary institutions of this part of the state.


Mr. Larrabee has always had an admiration for the military arm of our national government and at the outbreak of the Spanish-American war he enlisted as a private in Company G, Fifty-second Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and toward the close of the war was commissioned as captain and commissary of subsistence of volunteers, with the rank of captain. He was also a lieutenant-colonel on the staff of Governor Drake, colonel on the staff of Governor Shaw and held a similar rank on the staff of Governor Carroll. While at the State University in 1893, Mr. Larrabee was a member of the expedition sent by the university to the Bahamas islands for scientific research, a trip which secured much valuable material for the science department of the university.


Politically, Mr. Larrabee has always been a stanch supporter of the Republican party and has taken an active part in public affairs. In 1901 he was the successful candidate of his party for representative in the Legislature and served in the twenty-ninth General Assembly. In 1908 he was again elected a member of that body and in November, 1910, was reelected. Mr. Larrabee has also served several years as a member of the Clermont school board, being always ready to do all in his power to advance the educational interests of his community.


On September 20, 1901, Mr. Larrabee was united in marriage with Lillian Ingles, a native of Middletown, Connecticut, and a daughter of James and Lillian Ingles. To this union have been born three children, namely: William J., who died in infancy; William, the third; Lillian.



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