Tampico Area Historical Society
23 Aug 2007
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, IL
Originally published 1885 Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by: Becky Jones
Samuel A. Langdon, farmer, section 7, Lyndon Township, was born June 17, 1833, in Monterey, Berkshire Co., Mass. His parents, Amos and Naomi (Thompson) Langdon, were both born in the same place. His paternal great-grandsire was a native of Eastern Massachusetts, and was one of the pioneers of the town of Monterey. His maternal grandfather and four brothers were farmers and extensive landholders in the same town.
Mr. Langdon was brought up in the pursuit of his ancestors, and was educated in the common schools. He discharged the obligations of his minority to his parents, and at 21 years of age went to Ross Co., Ohio. He was appointed agent at Lyndon Station, in Ross County, on the line of the Cincinnati, Washington & Baltimore Railroad, where he operated six years. At the end of that time he engaged in the sale of merchandise in the village of Lyndon. In 1865 he was elected Treasurer of Ross County, and removed to Chillicothe, the county seat. In 1867 he was re-elected, and served his two entire terms, retiring from the office in the fall of 1870.
He came to Morrison, Ill., in the spring of 1871, whence he removed, a year later, to the farm he has since occupied. He purchased the place early in the spring of 1872. His homestead comprises 344 acres, all in excellent agricultural condition. It is fenced, and supplied with all necessary and commodious buildings. The place is one of the best managed in the county, and is beautified by shade and fruit trees and ornamental shrubs. Two barns, built by Mr. Langdon, have been destroyed by fire. The farm stock includes a considerable herd of thoroughbred Holstein cattle, in which the owner takes a justifiable pride.
He was married Nov. 25, 1862, to Lucelia Brewer, and their children are named Elsie L., Porter B., Buel A., Ross S. and Clark E. Mrs. Langdon is the daughter of Daniel P. and Emeline (Hollister) Brewer, pioneers of Whiteside County.
Mr. Langdon is a gentleman of culture and excellent judgment of men and general affairs, and enjoys a high degree of esteem among his friends and acquaintances. He has served three terms as a member of the County Board of Supervisors.