GEORGE W. LEDBETTER is a son of James A. Ledbetter, a native of Christian County, Ky., who is a man of good, practical education. He learned the trade of a miller, followed it a few years, and then removed in 1843 to Hardin County, Ill., where he engaged in merchandising. He was married to Mary Scoggins, a native of Hardin County, Ill., by whom he has five children, all of them now living, viz: John Q. A., living in Elizabethtown; J. A., living at Cave in Rock; Mary E., wife of L. F. Twitchell, living in Colorado; and Henry partner in a large mill with George W., the remaining member of the family. The latter was born at Elizabethtown, Ill., on the 7th of December, 1858, and received his early education in the schools of that place. Later he attended Bethel College, at Russellville, Ky., and afterward attended the Military Academy at West Point. He began business as a miller in 1878, and has continued in the same line ever since.
Our subject was first married February 8, 1879, to Elizabeth Davie, by whom he had two children, Georgia and Mora. The mother of these children died March l9, 1887, and Mr. Ledbetter was next married, May 21, 1888, to Gertrude Brewer, daughter of Henry and Emily Brewer, of Dixon, Ky., by whom he has two children. Mr. Ledbetter votes the Democratic ticket, and is a member of Elizabeth Lodge No. 276, A. F. & A. M., at Elizabethtown and is also a member of Empire Lodge No. 54, I. O. O. F. This in brief is the sketch of a man whose present substantial position in life has been reached entirely through his own perseverance and good judgment, and the facts connected with his operations and their results only show what a person with courage and enlightened views can accomplish.
Extracted from Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope, and Hardin Counties, Illinois, published in 1893, page 467
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