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PictureSpacerIcon or sketchILLIAM M. CLARY, clerk of the committee of the whole in the senate, was born in Menard county, Illinois, December 18, 1856. In company with his parents he came to Nemaha county, Nebraska, in 1858, and located in the vicinity where Auburn now stands. The country was then thickly settled with rattlesnakes, wolves, native bison, and Indians, and young Clary congratulates himself on running the gauntlet in those times. While his father served in the war the boy rendered loyal assistance in caring for his mother and the family. The mother managed to send him to a subscription school before the advent of the free public school, now the pride of our state. Every advantage was eagerly accepted to qualify himself for future usefulness. In 1874 he entered the State Normal School, graduating with high honors five years later. After teaching several years he entered the law department of Michigan University, and graduated in 1886 with the degree of LL. B. He entered the practice in Nebraska City, continuing until 1887, when he was elected county superintendent of public instruction, although not seeking the nomination, and served the people of Otoe county for six years. He resumed the practice, and



conducted the famous case of the Institute for the Blind at Nebraska City, in which the supreme court reversed a former ruling, changing the character of the institution from an asylum to an educational and industrial school. Mr. Clary was married in 1888 to Minnie M. Gregg; of Nebraska City, and they have three children living. He is a democrat in politics, a devoted member of the Christian church, deeply interested in all reform questions, and a most exemplary citizen.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchATHAN R. GREENFIELD, book-keeper of the senate in the twenty-fifth session of the Nebraska legislature, was born near Freeport, Illinois, February 24, 1874. At nine years of age he came with his parents to Dawson county, this state, where his people engaged in agriculture. Alternating between duties on the farm and application to his studies in the common schools for some years, he entered the Lexington high school, working as a chore boy to pay his way. He battled successfully with every difficulty, and graduated with high honors in 1893. Deciding to follow the profession of the law, he taught school, devoting his spare time to legal studies, and in the fall of



1896 entered the College of Law, University of Nebraska, and is a member of the senior class of 1897. Young Greenfield has always taken an active part in politics, and is an intelligent student of economic questions. He has a wide acquaintance with the public men of the state, and all his friends unite in the opinion that he has a bright future before him.

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