Was born in Lincolnshire, England, February 26, 1840. At the early age of fourteen he came to the United States, locating at Lockport, Will county, Illinois. The December following, 1855, he came to Pike county, stopping at New Canton, and in this county he received the rudiments of a good solid English education. His vocation for several years was that of farming, and on the breaking out of the rebellion, he patriotically threw aside the plow and the implements of peace, and volunteered for the war, in July, 1862, in company K, 99th regiment, commanded by Col. Bailey. They were soon marched to the front, where he participated in the battles of Port Gibson, Champion Hill, and the seige of Vicksburg. Few regiments from Illinois have a clearer record than the 99th.
The subject of our sketch fought bravely for the flag of his adoption. For meritorious service he was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant. He was mustered out of the service in August, 1863. On his return home he engaged in the drug business, in New Salem, Ill, and in October, 1863, was married to Miss Martha A. Temple, who was also of New Salem. They had born to them one son. Mrs. Andrew survived the marriage only about two years. Their son died also about two weeks after his mother's death. Mr. Andrew lived single for about three years after the death of his wife and then married Miss H. L. Fisher, also of New Salem. They had one son.
Mr. Andrew is now holding the office of post master, at New Salem, and is senior partner in the mercantile house of Andrew & Temple, of the same place. They have a large stock of goods of all varieties usually kept in a country store. Politically he is, and always has been, a supporter of those principles as promulgated by the republican party.
During the late war, when Pike county was the arena of much political discord, the subject of our sketch was among the firmest and foremost of men in New Salem, who actively lent their aid for the suppression of the rebellion. Mr. Andrew is among that class of gentlemen whom all love to associate with. His is that frankness characteristic of a straightforward rectitude. He is agent at New Salem for the T. W. W. railroad.