Biography of A. N. Todd
Buchanan County, IA Biographies





A. N. Todd, lawyer, was born in St Clair county, Michigan, on the 19th of April, 1854. His father, Morris Todd, was born in New York in 1830 and in early life learned and followed the shipwright's trade. While in the east he wedded Clara F. Finlayson, who was born in the Empire state in 1836. Removing to Michigan, he settled in St. Clair county, where he engaged in general merchandising. In 1854 he came to Iowa, taking up his abode at Quasqueton. Having acquired lands, he began farming and carried on general agricultural pursuits and stock raising for many years. In fact, he was a well known and prominent representative of that line of activity in Buchanan county to the time of his death, which occurred in 1900. He held the office of county supervisor for one term, having been elected on the republican ticket, and was the first assessor of Liberty township. His family numbered seven children.

A. N. Todd, who was the eldest, attended the public schools of Buchanan county and was graduated from the State University in 1876 with the degree of Bachelor of Law. On attaining his majority he entered upon the practice of law at Stockton, Kansas, but did not continue active in that field, turning his attention to the real estate business, in which he continued for four years. He then went to Hiawatha, Kansas, where he practiced law and also engaged in the real estate business for six years. He next removed to Kansas City, Missouri, where he followed his profession for five years, and in 1896 he came to Independence, Iowa, where he is now engaged in law practice with H. C. Chappell. He is likewise president of the fair association, but he devotes the greater part of his time to his professional duties and is regarded as one of the able members of the Buchanan county bar, owing to his comprehensive knowledge of legal principles and his careful preparation of cases.

In 1876 Mr. Todd was united in marriage to Miss Julia E Hovey, who was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1853, a daughter of James G. Hovey, who was horn in Vermont in 1825, while his wife was also a native of that state, born in 1829. Mr. Hovey came to Iowa from the Green Mountain state, settling in Cedar Rapids, after which he removed to Quasqueton, Buchanan county, where he conducted a mill for three years. He next removed to Fairbanks, where he operated a gristmill and conducted a store for several years. He then went to Waverly, where he continued in the same line of business until his death. To Mr. and Mrs. Todd has been born one child, Christie A., who was born in Rooks county, Kansas, and is a graduate of the State Normal College at Cedar Falls.

Mr. Todd holds membership with the Odd Fellows. He has filled several offices, having been city attorney of Rosedale, Kansas, city attorney of Independence for eight years and mayor of the city for two years. He is thus active in the public life of the community and has done much to further progress and improvement.

From:
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1914


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