Samuel Bingham, a prominent citizen of Carroll County, and prosperous agriculturist of Warren Township, where he is engaged in farming and stock-feeding, is a native of Belfast, Ireland, born June 15, 1832. His parents, John and Margaret Bingham, were natives of the same country, where they were reared and married, and to them were born nine children, Samuel being the youngest child. At the age of fourteen he was apprenticed to learn the carpenter's trade. He sailed for America from Liverpool, England, in 1849, landing at New York City June 24. He remained in that city till attaining the age of twenty-three years, working at the carpenter's trade as a journeyman.

From New York he went to Illinois, settling at Avon, Fulton County, where he followed his trade till 1874. He then came to Iowa, and after residing in Madison County for one year he came to Carroll County, settling on his present farm, which he has changed from raw prairie into one of the best improved farms in the county. His large, substantial residence is built in modern style, and his farm buildings are noticeably good, and on his land is a fine native grove of eleven acres. Mr. Bingham is a thorough, practical man, and by his industry and excellent management he has acquired his present fine property, being now the owner of 204 acres on section 30, 240 acres on section 32, and 120 acres on section 29 of Warren Township, Carroll County, besides a farm of eighty acres in Audubon County, making a total of 644 acres.

Mr. Bingham was married November 7, 1859, to Miss Jane A. Callison, a native of Illinois, born in Vermillion County, July 9, 1841, her parents, Isaac and Huldah Callison, being natives of Virginia. To Mr. and Mrs. Bingham have been born eleven children: George H., Isaac O., Anna B., Huldah J., Mary F., Maggie M., Samuel C., John E., David H., Oliver C. and Maud S.

In connection with his general farming Mr. Bingham is making a specialty of raising Hereford cattle, in which he is meeting with success. Politically he affiliates with the Republican party.

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