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Prof. Andrew C. Justice Biography

This biography is from "Memorial and biographical record; an illustrated compendium of biography, containing a compendium of local biography, including biographical sketches of prominent old settlers and representative citizens of South Dakota..." Published by G. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1899. Pages 812-813

PROF. ANDREW C. JUSTICE, who is well known throughout Dakota as a successful instructor and a substantial farmer, is one of the pioneers of the state, and his home is on section 23, in Burdett township, in Hand county. Our subject was born in Fifeshire, Scotland, October 29, 1840, the son of John and Christina (Cooper) Justice, both natives of the same shire as our subject. The father emigrated to America in 1841, and settled in New York, in the town of Rochester, where he was engaged in the gents' furnishing and tailoring business. He afterward moved to Sparta, Wisconsin, in 1852, and at the beginning of the Civil war he enlisted in Company D, Twenty fifth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, in 1861. He died from sunstroke, at Vicksburg, in August, 1862, after having been engaged in the battles of Donelson, Shiloh, and. all the battles in which Grant's army was engaged up to the time of his death. The mother of our subject died in November, 1897, at the age of eighty-three years. Our subject was one of five children, three sons and two daughters. He was given a liberal education in New York, and graduated from the Albion Academy, in June, 1855. He went to Wisconsin, and was engaged in teaching until 1863, when he filled a position in the commissary department from Wisconsin, and in March, 1863, he enlisted in Company A, Fifty-third Wisconsin, which was afterward consolidated with thee Fifty first Wisconsin, and was changed to Company G. He was mustered out in October, 1865, after serving in Missouri, under General Dodge, hunting bushwhackers. 

He returned to Sparta, Wisconsin, and engaged in teaching until 1869, when he removed to Clay county, Iowa. He taught here until 1874 and then went to Rochester, Minnesota, in which place he remained until he went to Dakota in 1882. He located in Spink county, but removed to Hand county in 1884, since which time he has engaged in farming and teaching in that county. For two years he taught in St. Lawrence and one year in Wessington. He is giving special attention to the raising of poultry and is meeting with success. He has a well improved farm, and the skillful management of our subject is evidenced in the appearance of his property. 

Professor Justice was married March 14, 1865, to Sarah J. Getman, a native of Wisconsin. Mr. and Mrs. Justice have been the parents of nine children, five sons and four daughters, upon whom they have bestowed the following names: Charles H., Mary E., John A., Maggie E., Frank R., Lelia C., Sadie M., Andrew C. and Earnest. The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and our subject is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a gentleman whose influence is felt in his community, and he is ready at all times to aid in every enterprise for the good of his county and state. He has been called upon to fill numerous local offices, and in every instance conducted the affairs entrusted to him in an able manner. When a resident of Iowa he served four years as assistant superintendent of Dickinson county schools. Politically he is a silver Republican.



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