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William P. Gould

William P. Gould, hardware merchant, was born in Erie County, Pa., June 16, 1835.

The commencement of the War of the Rebellion found him still in his native State, and among the first to respond to the call to arms. In May, 1861, he enlisted in Company C, Eighty-third Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 83rd Regiment, for a term of three months, and at the expiration of his term of service he again enlisted, this time for a three years' term in Company H, One-Hundred and Eleventh Pennsylvania Regiment, 111th Regiment, which was assigned to the Twelfth Corps, Army of the Potomac, and participated in the battles of Culpepper Court House, Chancellorsville, Antietam, Gettysburg, and others.

In 1863 the regiment was transferred to the Twentieth Corps, and served under Gen. Joe Hooker in the Army of the Cumberland. Mr. Gould was wounded at the battle of Peach Tree Creek, Ga., July 20, 1864. He was twice promoted, and held the rank of First Lieutenant when mustered out, in 1865.

He then returned to Pennsylvania, but remained only a short time. In the fall of 1865 he came to this State, locating in Lyon County. Engaged in teaching, and taught in the schools of Hartford, Emporia and Americus. In the fall of 1869 engaged in the mercantile business at Hartford. Kept a general store until 1872, when he sold out, and was for the next four years agent of the M. K. & T. R. R. Co. at Hartford, and bought and shipped corn.

In 1875 established a hardware store. In 1880, he took a partner in the business, which still continues under the firm name of W. P. Gould & Co. They handle a general stock of hardware, stoves and agricultural implements. Mr. Gould is president of the Hartford Cemetery Association. He has held the office of Township Clerk many years. Is a member of the Baptist Church of Hartford, and a member of Hartford Lodge No. 8, A. O. U. W.

Married Miss Olive M. Gillett, of Emporia, September 25, 1867, by which marriage he has had four children, of whom Carl P., Carrie M., and Otis G. are living.

Source: History of the State of Kansas; William G. Cutler; A.T. Andreas, Chicago, IL; 1883

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