Burton O. Willard
Biography

From: "Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois Illustrated 1908, edited by Newton Bateman, LL. D. and Paul Selby, A. M., Volume II, Schuyler County", edited by Howard F. Dyson, pages 970-971, a Reprinted by Stevens Publishing Company, Astoria, Illinois 61501, 1970, is sold by the Schulyer County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  Willard, Burton O. - A practical demonstration of the results obtainable by a union of singleness of purpose, good judgment and large capacity for industry is found in the career of Burton O. Willard, a legal practitioner of Rushville, Ill., since March, 1895, Chairman of the Republican County Committee since 1900, member of the State Board of Education since 1902, and Ex-City Attorney.   Mr. Willard is a product of the farming contingent of Littleton Township, Schuyler County, Ill., where he was born June 14, 1868.  His remote paternal pursued their avocations in England, and the family was first represented in American by his paternal great-grandfather, Samuel Willard, who settled in Massachusetts.  George Willard, the paternal grandfather, was born in Boston, and married Rachel Garrett, a native of the Hoosier State.  Patrick Willard, father of Burton O., was born in Browning, Schuyler County, Ill., and married Anna G. Garrett, a native of Kickapoo, Ill.  Mrs. Willard was a daughter of John Garrett, born in Lexington, Ky., in 1830, and Sarah E. (Williamson) Garrett, born in Wheeling, W. Va.  Her grandparents, Thomas J. and Susan (Wagoner) Garrett were born in Lexington, Ky.
  Educated primarily in the public schools of Illinois, Burton O. Willard next entered the Rushville Normal College from which he was graduated in 1891.  From the age of twenty-one to twenty-four he both taught and attended school, at the same time taking up study of law, Which resulted in his admission to the bar November 22, 1894.  Since attaining maturity he has been increasingly enthusiastic over Republican politics, and locally has proved one of the stanchest and most popular supporters of his party.  In 1896 he was the unsuccessful candidate for State's Attorney, and in 1897 was elected City Attorney, serving two terms.  In 1900 he became Chairman of the Republican County Committee, in which capacity he now is serving his third term.  He was appointed to the State Board of Education in 1902 by Governor Yates.  In 1900 he represented the Fifteenth Congressional District in the Electoral College.
  August 31, 1892, Mr. Willard was united in marriage to Ida Barton, a native of Cooperstown, Ill., and of the union there is a son, Paul B.  Mr. Willard is fraternally a Mason, and in religion, is a Presbyterian.  During the eleven years of his residence in Rushville, Mr. Willard has maintained the highest tenets of his profession, and has proved himself a judicious and faithful counselor, and a genial companion, considerate friend and high-minded gentleman.


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