Was born in Colwell county, Kentucky, October 4, 1828. He is a son of the late William and Elizabeth Cadwell. They early moved to Pike county, Ill., where they engaged in agricultural pursuits.
The subject of this sketch received his education in this county. In the fall of 1849 he became an apprentice to learn the carpenter trade, and in 1850 made an overland trip to Oregon, thence to California. In 1852 he returned home, by way of Panama, Cuba, and New Orleans. In 1855 he married Miss Jennie C., daughter of Edward and Charlotte Pond.
Mr. Cadwell has had born to him five children, two of whom are deceased. Soon after his marriage he engaged in farming, in Green county, residing there three years. He then removed to Griggsville. He has the largest orchard and the best variety of fruit in the county. In 1867 he engaged in mercantile pursuits, and is now senior member of the firm of Cadwell & Bonnell. They have quite an extensive stock of goods. He is a generous, open-hearted, courteous gentleman.