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Henry N. Bacon, who since 1907 has been connected with the Racine City Bank as its cashier, having in that year become one of its organizers and incorporators, was born in La Harpe, Illinois, March 12, 1875, a son of H. L. and Anna Bacon. The paternal grandfather, Newton Bacon, was a cooper by trade and became one of the earliest residents of southern Wisconsin, establishing his home in Southport in 1832. Later he removed to Racine, where he conducted one of the first cooper shops of the city. Subsequently he established his home elsewhere. His son, H. L. Bacon, who was a railroadman, lived for a number of years at La Harpe, Illinois, and in 1881 removed to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where he is now living retired.

Henry N. Bacon was a little lad of but six summers when the family home was established in Oshkosh and in the public schools there he began his education, completing his high school course, however, at Fort Howard. Determining upon the practice of law as a life work, as he then presumed, he entered the law department of the University of Wisconsin, from which he graduated with the class of 1897. For a. year thereafter he practiced in Kewaunee, Wisconsin, but at the end of that time abandoned the profession to enter banking circles and became one of the organizers of the First National Bank at Campbellsport, Wisconsin, of which he was made the cashier. He remained in that connection for four years and then resigned to become one of the organizers and promoters of the Racine City Bank, with which he has since been connected. This was in the year 1907 and the bank opened its doors for business at the beginning of the succeeding year with Mr. Bacon as cashier, in which capacity he has since continued. He has ever been an obliging and courteous official and the success of the institution is attributable in no small measure to his experience, capability and progressiveness. He has won favor with the public and this has drawn to the bank a liberal patronage, which is well merited by reason of its thoroughly safe and reliable business policy. When the bank started Eben Burroughs became assistant cashier and occupied that position until April, 1913, when he resigned to enter manufacturing circles and was succeeded by Cornelius Olson, who had formerly been cashier of the local office of Armour & Company. The bank has proven of great value to the part of the city in which it is situated and has rapidly advanced in popularity and patronage.

On the 1st of December, 1903, Mr. Bacon was united in marriage to Miss Mary Hayden, of Oshkosh, and they now have a daughter, Elizabeth. Fraternally Mr. Bacon is connected with the Masons and with the Royal Arcanum and he belongs also to the Universalist church. In politics he is an independent republican but the honors and emoluments of office have never had attraction for him. He is identified with the Commercial Club and with the Racine Junction Business Men’s Association and through these connections has put forth earnest and effective effort to advance the trade relations and promote the business activity of the city.

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