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Arthur Sheridan is one of the live and enterprising real estate men of Champaign, and has been broker and agent for some extensive blocks of central Illinois farm lands and has handled a number of important transactions in that field. He is also well known in local politics and is one of the citizens of Champaign who can be counted upon for effective exertion of public spirited service.
Mr. Sheridan was born in Champaign, September 16, 1874, a son of Patrick and Catherine (Sullivan) Sheridan. His father was a native of County Mayo and his mother of County Cork, Ireland. Patrick Sheridan came to America about 1850, living in New York State for several years and in 1854 coming to Champaign County. He was long and successfully identified with mercantile pursuits in this county and died here in November, 1892. His widow survived him until March, 1894. They had seven children: John, Maria and William, all deceased; Anna, custodian of the State Home at Geneva, Illinois; Dominick and Elizabeth, deceased; and Arthur.
Arthur Sheridan grew up in Champaign, attended St. Mary’s Parochial School, but at the age of fifteen gave up his studies and books to earn his own living. For three years he worked on a farm, and for about four years was connected with McFadden & Company in the feed business. He subsequently acquired interests in the livery business and in other local enterprises, but since 1904 has devoted his principal time and attention to handling real estate, particularly Central Illinois lands.
Mr. Sheridan is an active Democrat, was Seventh Precinct committeeman eight years, and secretary and treasurer of the county central committee six years. He is affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and is a member of the Catholic Church.
On October 29, 1902, he was married to Miss Mayme Connelley of Springfield, Illinois. They have no children.