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Biographical Sketch of LaFayette Sult (b.1843)

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Biographical Sketch of LaFayette Sult (b.1843)

Posted: 5 Apr 2008 1:20PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Sult Tergarden Clark
LaFayette Sult, a leading and one of the most enterprising citizens of Warren Township, was born July 29, 1843, in Morris County, Ohio, the youngest son of a family of six sons and four daughters, born to Daniel and Barbara (Tergarden) Sult, who were both natives of Lehigh and Westmoreland Counties, Penn., respectively. They came to Ohio in a very early day, from whence in the year 1855, they removed to Indiana and Huntington County, first locating and continuing to live the rest of their days on the land now owned and occupied by our subject. LaFayette grew to manhood in this county, receiving a limited education in consequence of the poor facilities afforded the children of his day. At the early age of eighteen years, he alive to the necessity of the preservation of our Union, gallantly enlisted as a volunteer, August 6, 1861, in Company C, Thirty Fourth Indiana Regiment, where he served until September 12, 1862, when he was honorably discharged at Helena, Ark., on account of disability. October, 1863, he re-entered the service in Company D, One Hundred and Thirtieth Regiment of Volunteer Infantry, from which he was mustered out as First Duty Sergeant, on the staff of Capt. A. S. Purviance, December, 1865. Anterior to entering the service he had learned the tinner’s trade; after his return he followed that business for about six years, when for a period of five years immediately subsequent he was engage in contracting and constructing public work, since which time he has made farming and stock raising his occupation. October 31, 1865, his marriage with Harriet C. Clark was solemnized, by whom he is the father of seven children, these six now living: William D., Cora L., Minnie J., Melvin W., Solomon T., and Robert J. F. William D., the eldest, is engaged in the drug business at Bippus, having the finest store in the village, which he established in June, 1885, and by his courteous and obliging manner and straightforward dealing has been enabled to build up a good remunerative trade. From a business point of view Mr. Sult has been successful. He is the proprietor of a fine farm of seventy-seven acres and a member of the I.O.O.F. In politics, he is an ardent Republican and always warmly advocates the principles of that party, and may be found always working for its success. He was honored with an election to the office of Justice of the Peace, April, 1881, which bespeaks his popularity as the party is largely in the minority.

History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago, IL) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Warren Township, p. 868/9.

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