Pages 258-259, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




WILLIAM A. CHOGUILL, a practitioner at the bar of Allen county, recognized as one of the most prominent representatives of the legal fraternity of Humboldt, was born in Morgan County, Ohio, March 25, 1848. His father, Samuel Choguill, a contractor and builder, was born in the Buckeye state in 1823. He married Sybilla Todd, an Ohio lady, and in 1884 removed to Kansas, where his death occurred in 1890. His widow still survives him, and is living on the home farm in Woodson County at the age of seventy-two. They were the parents of five children, three of whom are: Sarah E., who is living with her mother; Louis G., who resides on the home farm in Woodson County and William A.

William Alkanzor Choguill is indebted to the public school system for his early educational privileges which were supplemented by study in the Hopedale Academy in Jefferson County, Ohio. Later he entered the Lebanon Normal School in Warren County, Ohio, where he completed his education and then served an apprenticeship in a drug store. Subsequently he matriculated in the Starling Medical College in Columbus, Ohio, in which institution he was graduated in 1870. After this he studied law with the firm of Stewart & Metcalf and was admitted to the bar in McConnellsville, Ohio, in 1879. Believing that there was a better field of labor offered to young men in the west where competition was not so great he started for Kansas, arriving in Humboldt on the fifth of March, 1880. He purchased


a farm in Woodson County, a few miles west of Humboldt, made it his place of residence and engaged in its cultivation for three years at the end of which time he took up his abode in Humboldt where he has since engaged in law practice, rapidly winning his way to a foremost place in the ranks of the legal fraternity.

In 1874 Mr. Choguill married Miss Laureta M. Millner, of Ohio, and the hospitality of many of the best homes of the locality is cordially extended them. Mr. Choguill is independent in his political views, supporting the men and measures that he thinks will best promote the country's welfare. He is, however, a man of superior oratorical power, an eloquent and convincing speaker, and on more than one occasion he has entered into the campaign work, delivering addresses both in his adopted and in his native state. In his fraternal sentiment he is connected with the Odd Fellows and the Maccahees.

Mr. Choguill's career has been one of untiring industry. During the years of his residence in Allen County he has championed every movement designed to promote the general welfare; has supported every enterprise for the public good and has materially aided in the advancement of all social, educational and moral interests. His knowledge of law, his ability in argument and his masterful treatment of the intricate problems of jurisprudence have resulted in gaining him a creditable standing among his professional brothers.

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