Biography of Peter C. Little
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PETER C. LITTLE, wells known attorney of Globe, and member of the firm of Rawlins & Little, was born on a farm in Catawba County N. C., September 5, 1861. He is the son of Peter Little and Eleonora Henkel. His father, who died during the Civil War, was a descendant of one of the colonists who came from England with William Penn and settled in Pennsylvania in 1682, and his great great grandfather, Peter Little, served in the Revolutionary War. His mother, who is still living, is a descendant of Justus Henkel, son of Reverend Gerhard Henkel, who was preacher to a German Count, came to America in 1718, and settled at Germantown, a suburb of Philadelphia, Penn. lr. Little's great grandfather, Reverend Paul Henkel, served as chaplain under Gen. Muhlenberg during the Revolution. Peter C. Little received his primary education in private schools in North Carolina, and when 18 years of age went to Fredericktown, Mo. There he taught in the district schools, in the meantime attending college and being graduated from Concordia College, Mo., with the degree of Ph. B., in 1886. He then took up the study of law, and in June, 1888, was admitted to practice before all Courts of Record, including the Supreme Court of the State of Missouri. November 25, 1888, he was married to liss Julia P. Dalton, of Greenville, Mo. To this union an only son, Kirby D. Little, now a student in the University of Southern California, was born. Owing to the ill health of his wife he was compelled to give up his practice in Missouri and remove to Southern California, and having been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State, followed his profession in Riverside and Orange counties. Here his wife died, and early in 1901 he removed to the Clifton-letcalf district of Arizona, and has been a resident of this state since, in Graham and Gila counties. In 1903 he was married to the present Mrs. Little, who was Miss Emma C. Whitener, daughter of Miles W. and Catherine Whitener, of Castor, Mo. Always a stanch Democrat, though not much of a politician, Mr. Little has held official positions in each of the states in which he has lived since maturity, having been Commissioner of Public Schools of Wayne County, lo.; Attorney of Orange County, Cal., and in 1903 was elected by an overwhelming majority Judge of the Probate Court of Graham County, and in 1905 re elected without an opponent. In January, 1907, he located at Globe, where he entered into the present partnership with Charles L. Rawlins, former District Attorney of Graham County. The firm from the beginning has been successful, and has a large and lucrative practice in corporation, civil and probate cases, and its members are recognized among the leading attorneys of Gila County. He was a delegate to the National Democratic Convention at Baltimore in 1912.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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