DAWSON, William H., a well-known and prosperous merchant of Bushnell, McDonough County, Ill., was born near Table Grove, Ill., on December 25, 1855. His father was David Dawson, a native of Ohio. The subject of this sketch received his early education in the public schools of his neighborhood, and remained on a farm in Fulton County, Ill., until he was twenty-seven years old. At that period he abandoned agricultural pursuits and engaged in the mercantile business in Bushnell, Ill. In 1897 Mr. Dawson entered into partnership with John N. Zook in the grocery and provision trade, and they have succeeded in building up one of the most prosperous concerns of this kind in the county. Mr. Dawson is a clear-headed and energetic business man and his success is but the natural result of good qualities properly applied. On November 23, 1898, Mr. Dawson was united in marriage with Anna L. Hunt, who was born and schooled in Bushnell. Politically, the subject of this sketch is a member of the Republican party, and served as Town and City Clerk for ten years. Fraternally, he is affiliated with the Masonic Order, K. of P. and Mystic Workers, and is a member of the Baptist Church.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907.