KISTER, William H., attorney-at-law, was born at Loganton, Clinton county, Pa., July 15, 1855, son of Jacob and Mary O. (Zellers) Kister, both born in Pennsylvania and of German ancestry. The father was born in Lehigh county, July 4, 1830; removed with his parents, when about five years old, to Clinton county, and resided near Jersey Shore about one year. He was a shoemaker and had contracts for supplying the army with shoes. Later he was engaged in the lumber business, but has lived a retired life for some years. The mother was born September, 1834. Of their five children, four are living: William H.; Sarah, wife of Charles A. Weaver, residing at Osceola Mills, Clearfield county, Pa.; Emma F., wife of Jacob O. Berm, Osceola Mills; James T., Pittsburgh, Pa. The father is a prominent man in Clinton county, and has filled important offices and places of trust with efficiency and credit.
William H. was reared to manhood in Clinton county, and received his education in the public schools of that county, completing it by a collegiate course in Franklin and Marshall College, at Lancaster, from which he was graduated in the class of 1875. He opened a private school at Milton, Northumberland county, and was later professor of Latin and rhetoric in the Collegiate Institute at Henry, Ill., and while holding this position was appointed to the superintendency of the city and county schools, occupying both positions at the same time. In 1887 he was elected to represent a district composed of Marshall and three other adjoining counties in the Illinois Legislature for two years. In 1889 he returned to Pennsylvania and located at Harrisburg, where he was shortly after admitted to the bar, and has since that time been engaged in a general practice. Mr. Kister was married, January 25, 1876, to Miriam Kling, daughter of Adam S. and Lucinda Kling. They have no children. Mr Kister is a member of the Grand Lodge of F. & A. M. of Illinois, of Marshall Lodge, No. 63, of Henry, Ill., and of a comandery. In his political views Mr. Kister is a Democrat. He and his wife are members of the German Reformed church.
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