HENRY M. WINDERS, attorney-at-law of Elizabethtown, Hardin County, is a son of Francis M. Winders, who was born May 30, 1822, in Crittenden County, Ky., and brought up on a farm with no education whatever. He removed to Illinois in 1844, settling on a farm in Hardin County, and was married two years later to Elizabeth J. Scarbrough, of Tennessee, by whom he had two children: Sylvester, deceased, and Henry M. The latter was born April 14, 1848, in Hardin County, Ill., and was brought up on the farm, working in the summer and attending school in the winter time.
When war was declared between the North and the South our subject enlisted, July 27, 1863, in Company D, Forty-eighth Kentucky Mounted Infantry, and served the cause of the Union until December 16, 1864, when he was mustered out at Bowling Green, Ky. The principal service performed by this regiment was that of guarding the Louisville & Nashville Railroad between Louisville and Nashville. After peace was declared he returned to Hardin County, after being mustered out, and engaged in teaching school, following that profession for fourteen years. He then followed farming until 1886, when he moved to Elizabethtown and began the study of law under the instruction of John Q. A. Ledbetter, being admitted to the Bar in August of 1891, after which he immediately began active practice. He was married November 12, 1876, to Mrs. Mary F. Irion, widow of G. D. Irion, her maiden name having been Mary F. Lamb.
Mr. Winders is a member of Masonic Lodge No. 276, and is also a member of Post No. 565, G. A. R. He has been prospered in various undertakings. Starting out in life with meager means, he has steadily pushed onward and upward until he has reached a position of influence in Hardin County.
Extracted from Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope, and Hardin Counties, Illinois, published in 1893, page 369
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