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Abel Harwood: Pioneer Citizen of Champaign County

Curated by Azaan Qureshi

Abel Harwood (1814-1891) was a pioneer citizen of Champaign County and influential figure in several Central Illinois counties. As a representative of Champaign, Piatt, Moultrie, and Macon counties, he was actively involved in the drafting of the Illinois Constitution in 1870. Harwood is not only famous for his political contributions, but also was widely admired for his noble character who placed the happiness of his family above all else. He is also the former owner of the famous Harwood-Solon house, buying the beautiful property from its developer in 1869, living there with his wife and children until his death in 1891. 

This exhibit is a highlight that showcases the life of Abel Harwood and the story of the Harwood-Solon house that so many in Champaign-Urbana have come to know. 

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