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Philip Edward Elting

ELTING, Philip Edward, is one of the most prominent attorneys in the State, and McDonough County has no more highly respected citizen. He is prominently identified with all that pertains to the upbuilding of Macomb and with its leading industries.

He was born on a farm In Emmet Township, McDonough County, January 23, 1862, and is a son of Philip H. and Margaret Elting. His father was born in New York, and was a son of John and Margaret Elting. The mother of our subject was born in Enniskillen, County of Fermanagh, Ireland, and is now in her eighty-fifth year. The father died when the son was only fourteen years of age.

Philip E. Elting spent his childhood and youth upon his father's farm about six miles from Macomb. His early education was acquired in the common schools, and by careful application he laid a good foundation for the superstructure of a useful life. Later he pursued a three years' course in a college from which he graduated. Returning to the farm, he gave attention to farming until 1889, when, following the instincts of his nature, he began reading law in the office of Sherman & Tunnicliff under the tutelage of Lieutenant-Governor L. Y. Sherman, one of the ablest lawyers of the bar of McDonough County. He afterwards entered the Law Department of the Northwestern University at Chicago, from which he graduated with the class of '92, at which time the degree of Bachelor of Laws was conferred upon him by that institution. He was admitted to the bar, and since that time has been successfully engaged in the practice of the law in Macomb, Ill. He is ambitious, enterprising and progressive, and has a bright future before him.

Mr. Elting is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, a firm believer in the divine revelation as the basis of human laws. He does not hesitate to express his views fearlessly and intelligently upon disputed points. He has the confidence of his religious acquaintances without regard to creed.

As a lawyer, he ranks among the best in the country, is strictly professional in his practice, and has the entire confidence of the bar wherever he is known. As a citizen, no one is held in higher esteem. His advice and counsel are sought by all classes, because they know that any advice given by him will come from an honest heart, and that their confidence will never be betrayed. Fraternally, Mr. Elting is a member of the A. F. & A. M., the Knights of Pythias, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Improved Order of Red Men. In his political views, he is a Republican.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 873, extracted 04 Jan 2019 by Norma Hass.

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