E. Dow Matheny, the 12th
Circuit Clerk of Sangamon County, was born, raised,
and died in Springfield, IL.
Matheny received a public
education, graduating from Springfield High School
in 1868. After this, Matheny studied law and was
admitted to the bar sometime afterward, although the
exact year was not given.
Edward Dow Matheny, born
December 4, 1847, studied law with his father, and
was a member of the law firm of Matheny, McGuire and
Matheny, Springfield, Illinois.
Matheny married Miss E.
Caddie Priest in January of 1880, and the two were
“earnest members of the Christian church”. E Dow
Matheny was known as a “staunch democrat” and “made
a host of friends by his courtesy and efforts to
assist all who had business with the court.”
In 1896, Matheny was elected
as the only democrat in Sangamon County. He was a
member of the “Royal Circle” of Springfield, as his
grandfather was Charles R Matheny, one of the first
settlers of Sangamon County in 1820, as well as the
first circuit clerk of Sangamon County.
The Illinois State
Register page 133. Accessed August 9, 2011. Sangamon
Valley Collection, Lincoln Library.
Savannah Little researcher