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The Biographical History of Nebraska

Charles Edwin Abbott

Charles Edwin Abbott, who has been engaged in the practice of law at Fremont for thirty-three years, was born at Taylorville, Illinois, December 1, 1871. He is the son of Miles J. and Jennie (Scribner) Abbott, the former born at Pana, Illinois, November 17, 1847, a lawyer, newspaper publisher and county judge of Hayes County. He died at Fremont, May 2, 1908. His wife, Jennie, was a native of Kentucky, born July 14, 1847, who died at Omaha, June 24, 1898.

Mr. Abbott attended public and high school, and received his LL. B. degree from Nebraska in 1897. He is a member of Phi Delta Phi. In his 84 years at Fremont he has practiced law continuously, his present partnership being with the firm of Abbott, Dunlap and Corbett.

The partnership enjoys a large and important practice; they have had recent cases, of statewide importance, in the Nebraska supreme court, involving the constitutionality of school district and electric district laws, in which their contentions that particular laws were each unconstitutional, were upheld.

Mr. Abbott was special counsel for the State of Nebraska, associated with Attorney General Sorensen, in the case brought by 550 State Banks against the state attacking generally the constitutionality of the Depositors Guarantee Fund Law and to enjoin the collection by the state of three million dollars of assessments and also future assessments; decisions in favor of the state were made by the state supreme court and United States supreme court.

He is a Republican and served as city attorney for 12 years, and was delegate to the Republican national convention of 1928. He has extensive banking, real estate and farming interests, and is vice president and director of the Fremont National Bank. Mr. Abbott has declined an important Federal judicial appointment and other positions which would require his removal from Fremont and the abandonment of his active law practice.

On November 28, 1900, he was married to Gertrude Sexton of Fontanelle, Nebraska, at Fremont. They have three children. Katherine Abbott Folsom, born April 12, 1902; Theodore, born March 20, 1903, who died November 13, 1903, and Charles Wade, born May 24, 1906, who was graduated from the academic and law departments of the University of Nebraska, and who is associated with the firm in practice in Fremont. Mr. Abbott is a member of St. James Episcopal Church, the Young Men's Christian Association, the various branches of Masonry, the Elks and Modern Woodmen of America.

He is a member of the American and Nebraska State Bar Associations, and is active in welfare work. Actively interested in Midland College of Fremont, he was for many years a member of the executive committee of its board. Residence. Fremont. (Photograph on Page 10).

Ned Culbertson Abbott

Ned C. Abbott, educator of the blind, writer, and noted lecturer, was born at Fremont, Nebraska, March 9, 1874. Luther Jewett Abbott, his father, was a physician and surgeon, a lecturer, a member of the last territorial legislature, and superintendent of the Nebraska Hospital for the Insane, at Lincoln, Nebraska, 1895-99. He was born at Blue Hill, Hancock County, Maine, September 15, 1831, and was descended from the old Puritan families, Bancrofts, Adams, and Whites. George Abbott, who came to Andover, Massachusetts, in 1640, was an ancestor.

Clara Frances (Culbertson) Abbott, his mother, was a music teacher. Her ancestry was Puritan, and included the Culbertson, Coleman, and Hollister families. She was born at Troy, Miami County, Ohio, February 20, 1835, and died at Fremont, July 19, 1911.

Mr. Abbott was graduated from the Fremont High School in 1892, after which he attended the University of Nebraska, where he was a member of the Union Society, the University debating club. He was given the leading role in Plaostoes Captivi in 1894. He was awarded the A. B. degree in 1896, and the LL. B. degree in 1900. In 1919 he received his M. A. degree. He was admitted to the practice of law at Lincoln in 1900.

He has been engaged in educational work since 1896, and has held various positions as teacher and executive in Nebraska schools. He was a teacher in the Nebraska School for the Blind, at Nebraska City, 1896-98; was principal of the Humboldt High School, 1900-01; superintendent of the Tekamah schools, 1905-1909; was Superintendant of the Plattsmouth schools, 1911-13; and since 1913 has been superintendent of the Nebraska School for the Blind.

A resident of Nebraska for 54 years Mr. Abbott has won an enviable position in the regard of his associates in his community and state. He is the author of educational articles, stories, and pamphlets, and has been the editor of various school publications. His most recent work is Name and Place, published in 1930. In 1916 he was alumni orator at the University of Nebraska and made the address Dynamics of Inspiration. In 1925 he received a medal from Post Number 8 of the American Legion, and in 1927 he was given the Community Service Award by the Nebraska City Rotary Club.

He was married to Lillian Newbranch at Lincoln, June 19, 1901. Mrs. Abbott, who was born at Swedesburg, Henry County, Iowa, is descended from the Swedish families, Newbranch and Rapp. There are four children, Clara Louise, born January 13, 1905, is married to Frederick Ware, sports editor, World-Herald at Omaha; Lea, born May 13, 1907, an aviation pilot, is now an instructor at Dallas, Texas; Grace, born November 5, 1908, is a stenographer at Chicago, and Annabel, born April 9, 1916, is a junior in high school.

Mr. Abbott is an independent Democrat, and in 1908 was unsuccessful candidate for state superintendent of schools. In 1891 he was a private in Company E of the First Nebraska National Guards in the Sioux uprising. During the World War he served on the registration advisory board and was a four minute man. He is past president of the Nebraska Sons of the American Revolution.

Mr. Abbott is active in the Rotary Club at Nebraska City; is an honorary member of the Lions Club at Omaha; and an honorary member of the Optimist Club at Lincoln. He is president of the Nebraska State Historical Society; is a director in the American Association of Educators of the Blind, and a director of the University of Nebraska Alumni Association. His social club is the Nebraska City Country Club. Residence: Nebraska City.

William James Abbott

William James Abbott, retired rancher, was born at Wabasha, Minnesota, October 15, 1856, son of George and Ellen (Woods) Abbott. His father was born in Cork, Ireland, and came to America in 1850. He served in the Civil War and died at Nashville, Tennessee, in

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