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W. I. Chamberlain
Born March 24, 1846


W. I. CHAMBERLAIN, attorney at law, office in Williams' Block, Wyoming; born March 24, 1846, in Broome Co., N.Y.; in 1864, came to Wyoming; he commenced the study of law in 1867; was admitted in 1870; he has been in constant practice since. Married Miss Lucy Witter, in October, 1875; he was born in Willoughby, Ohio; have two children—Park and William. Democrat.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 601.

W. I. Chamberlain, a well known and successful representative of the legal fraternity in Jones county, having practiced his profession at Wyoming since June, 1870, has also been prominently connected with journalistic interests for the past twenty-nine years as the editor and publisher of the Wyoming Journal. His birth occurred in Broome county, New York, on the 24th of March, 1846, his parents being Park and Mary Rebecca (White) Chamberlain, who were likewise natives of the Empire state, the former born in Broome county and the latter in Westchester county. In 1864, when he was forty-six years of age, Park Chamberlain came to Wyoming, Iowa, and after following farming for a time accepted a position with the Iowa Mutual Insurance Company. He remained a worthy and respected resident of Wyoming until called to his final rest March 7, 1884. Unto him and his wife were born twelve children, seven sons and five daughters, all but one of whom yet survive.
W. I. Chamberlain supplemented his preliminary education, obtained in the public schools of his native state, by a course at Binghamton Academy. He was a young man of eighteen years when the family home was established in this county, and here he took tip the study of law under the direction of his uncle, B. H. White, a prominent attorney of Wyoming. He was admitted to the bar in June, 1870, and has practiced in Wyoming to the present time, having occupied the same office since 1874. Throughout the years he has enjoyed a large clientage and has been regarded as one of the strong and able members of the Jones county bar, preparing his cases with great thoroughness and care, while the presentation of his cause indicates cogent reasoning, sound logic and comprehensive familiarity with the principles of jurisprudence. On the 30th of May, 1880, he purchased the Wyoming Journal, which had been established in 1870 and has since edited and published the paper with signal success.
In 1875 Mr. Chamberlain was united in marriage to Miss Lucy W. Witter, a native of Ohio, who was engaged in teaching school at Wyoming. Her mother lived to attain the ripe old age of ninety-three years, passing away in October, 1908. For twenty-five years she had made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlain. Our subject and his wife have three sons, all of whom are graduates of the Wyoming public schools and the Iowa State University. Park, the eldest, whose birth occurred in 1877 and who is a lawyer by profession, is now acting as cashier of the Anamosa National Bank. William, born in 1879, is a prominent lawyer of Cedar Rapids, practicing his profession as a member of the firm of Barnes & Chamberlain. Ben. H., a physician of Wyoming, is mentioned on another page of this work.
Politically, Mr. Chamberlain is a stalwart advocate of the democracy. He has held the office of mayor in Wyoming and has also served as a member of the town council and as president of the school board, ever proving a most capable and faithful public official. Fraternally he is identified with Keystone Lodge, A.F.&A.M., of Wyoming, to which his three sons also belong. He is a public spirited man and popular, an unfeigned cordiality and uniform courtesy gaining him the warm friendship and kindly regard of the greater number of those with whom he comes in contact.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910.

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