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William H. McLenon, one of the prominent agriculturists of Lancaster township, Atchison county, has risen to this distinction within the past few years and deserves great credit for his enterprise and general good citizenship. His neighbors and friends, many of whom have known him since he was a child, repose high confidence in him, knowing that he never betrays a trust and always strives to do the right. He may justly be termed a self-made man, for his possessions, all of which have been acquired within the past score of years, have come to him by his own industry and correct business methods and his example is well worthy of emulation.

Our subject is a son of Henry McLenon, of whom a biography is given in this volume. The birth of William H. McLenon occurred in Ohio in 1854. He was less than three years old when he was brought to this county and in his boyhood he attended the district schools of this locality. In his studies he made commendable progress and for several terms he was successfully engaged in teaching in this county. At the age of twenty-six years he was married and brought his bride to his humble, though comfortable home. The previous year he had purchased a tract of wild land, some one hundred and twenty acres, and within a few years he instituted numerous important changes upon the place. Later he bought more land and now his homestead comprises two hundred and eighty acres, all under good cultivation. A beautiful grove and orchard, well-kept house and barn and other improvements render this one of the most attractive country homes in the county.

In 1880 occurred the marriage of Mr. McLenon and Mary E. Potter, a daughter of Tinsley Potter, whose biography appears elsewhere in this work. Mrs. McLenon was born and grew to womanhood in this county, receiving a liberal education. Two children bless the union of our subject and wife, namely: Elsie M. and Edna R. The parents are members and active workers in the Christian church, Mr. McLenon being an elder and teacher in the Sunday school. Fraternally he is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America and politically he is a stalwart Republican.