Biography of William Hodgson
Hastings, Dakota County, MN Biographies

William Hodgson, attorney at law, was born at Elizabeth, Jo Daviess county, Illinois, May 29th, 1847. His father visited Dakota county, Minnesota, in 1854, and being favorably impressed returned for his family. The following year they settled in Green Vale township, after preempting one hundred and sixty acres. Here William was reared by working on the farm during summer, and attending school winters. December 8th, 1863, he enlisted in Company F, Second Minnesota Cavalry, and served until mustered out at Fort Snelling, December 5th, 1865. After returning home, he resumed his studies attending Hamline University three terms. Commenced the study of law at Red Wing, with Phelps and Tabor, being admitted to the bar in July, 1870. Began his practice in Farmington, continuing there until establishing himself at Hastings in 1874. In the spring of 1880, was elected city attorney. Married in September, 1870, to Drucilla S. Hutchinson, of Manchester, England: Lawrence C. and Edith C. are their living children. Mrs. Hodgson died in May, 1878.


From:
The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.


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