William A. Hammond is a prominent real-estate dealer in Lanark, having his office over the Exchange Bank. He is a native of Winnebago County IL and was born March 14, 1859, his parents being A. Edwin and Mary (Canode) Hammond, both of Washington Co. MD and who emigrated to IL in the year 1856, locating first in Ogle County. In 1863 they removed from there to Carroll County, settling on the farm where the father died in 1888. The mother is still living.

Our subject was reared on the farm until he wsa twenty years of age, and received a good education, being graduated, in 1881, at the High School. The first occupation in which he engaged on his own account was the publication of a newspaperin the summer of 1882 he went to Franklin County Iowa, and there studied law with William Dow, Esq. but in 1884 he gave up his studies and returned to the newspaper profession, counducting a paper in Minnesota. Later, he began practicing law at Sheffield, Iowa, where at the same time he was also engaged in newspaper work. In the spring of 1885 he came to Lanark and for a time engaged in the practice of law there; but his principal business has been the handling of real-estate, in which he has ben successful, large amounts having passed through his hands. He is the owner of considerable property, including a fine residence in this place, and other real estate in the county, besides eighty acres of land in Iowa.

Our subject was united in marriage Jan. 13, 1887 in Vernon County, Wis. with Miss Belle Wise a native of that county, born in 1862, and a daughter of George Wise. Mr.a nd Mrs. Hammond have one child - Ursula. The extensive real-estate transactions of our subject in this county during the past few years have made him very well known, and his honsty and integrity being unquestioned, a very large business has been thrown into his hands. His transactions today in that line are probably greater than that of any other person engaged in similar business in this county. He is very highly esteemed in the community and justly enjoys the reputation of being a thoroughly upright man and a good citizen.

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