Lee County Biography


Abram K. Trusdell has for forty-six years been a member of the Dixon bar and throughout the entire period his practice has been extensive and of an important character. He has ever been remarkable among lawyers for the wide research and patient care with which he has prepared his cases, while an excellent presence, an earnest, dignified manner and comprehensive knowledge of the law have been the strong features in his effectiveness as an advocate. He is likewise closely and prominently connected with various business corporations which have had to do with the material development and financial history of the city. A native of Sussex county. New Jersey, he is a son of Jesse and Jane (Giveans) Trusdell, the former a farmer by occupation.

It was in the year 1861 that Abram K. Trusdell arrived in Amboy. Illinois, and for four years he engaged in studying law under the direction of his brother B. H. Trusdell. On the 7th of February, 181)7, he arrived in Dixon and, having quaified for practice, opened a law office. Along with those qualities indispensable to the lawyer?a keen, rapid, logical mind, plus the business sense and a ready capacity for hard work?he brought to the starting point of his career certain rare gifts?eloquence of language and a strong personality. The zeal with which he has devoted his energies to the profession, the careful regard evinced for the interests of his clients and an assiduous and unrelaxing attention to all the details of his cases have brought him a large business and made him very successful in its conduct. Moreover, Mr. Trusdell has become identified with various corporations, having been one of the organizers of the Dixon Water Company, of which he is now the president, and he is also president of the Nachusa House Company. He is likewise a director of the Dixon National Bank and in all business matters his judgment is sound, his sagacity keen and his enterprise unfaltering.

Mr. Trusdell was married, on the 5th of December, 1871, to Miss Emma Ruth Orvis, of Dixon, a daughter of Abraham Orvis, formerly a practicing physician of Rochester, New York. Mr. Trusdell is a member of the Episcopal church and his fraternal relations are with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. Throughout the county he is spoken of in terms of admiration and respect. His life has been so varied in its activity, so honorable in its purposes, so far-reaching and beneficial in its effects that it has become an integral part of the history of the city.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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