GEORGE PEPPERDINE, like many other representative citizens of the county, is a native of. Illinois. He was born near Hillsboro, Montgomery County, March 9, 1860, but since September, 1889, has made Springfield, Mo., his home. He is a son of Robert and Elizabeth (Chism) Popperdine, .natives, respectively, of Tennessee and Kentucky. The name Pepperdine is of English origin and the first members of this family to settle in America came here at a very early day. Robert Pepperdine is now residing on a farm in Illinois, to which State he moved in 1845, and his entire life has been passed in arduous duties on the farm. In politics he has adhered closely to the principles of the Democratic party and has ever been interested in political matters. He is a worthy and exemplary member of the Christian Church, and his wife, who passed away in 1878, was a consistent member of the same, having held membership from an early age. The six children born to this esteemed couple were named in the order of their births as follows: Henry, a farmer of Illinois; John, a farmer of Kansas; Anna, wife of Joel Banning, of Illinois; Mary, at home; Gertrude, who died in infancy, and George, the subject of this sketch. George Pepperdine, the youngest of the above-mentioned children and the original of this notice, was early trained to the duties of farm life. During the summer season he worked on a farm and during the winter months he attended the district school, where he received his primary education. Later he entered Shurtleff College, in Illinois, and in 1882 began the study of law with Ex.-Gov. John M. Palmer, of Springfield, Ill. After remaining in that office one year he entered the office of Judge Jesse J. Phillips, who was recently elected judge of the Supreme Court of Illinois and remained with him until admitted to the bar, in March, 1886. He was then appointed by Judge Phillips master in chancery, which position he held two terms of two years each and subsequently was elected city attorney of Hillsboro. A Democrat in his political views, he took a deep interest in that party's welfare and became well acquainted with many of the prominent men of Illinois. In 1889 he decided to locate in Springfield, Mo., in order to have a new field to operate in, and began practicing his profession alone. In November, 1890, he formed a partnership with Mr. Harrington. Since then they have attended to a general practice. The firm is well known throughout the Southwest. In a few short years the subject of this sketch has won what in most cases is the outcome of years of unremitting effort. His wife was formerly Miss Florence Ralston, daughter of John A. Ralston, who died in Illinois about 1889. To Mr. and Mrs. Pepperdine have been born two children: May, who is seven years of age, and Grace, who is but three. Mr. Pepperdine and wife attend the Congregational Church and she is a worthy member of the same.
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