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William N. Hood. One of the original proprietors of the site of Peru,William N. Hood was a native of Ohio, born about the year 1791 or '92.
His father, Andrew Hood, emigrated from Kentucky in an early day and
was one of the first residents in the vicinity of Dayton, near which city
the subject of this biography passed his youth and early manhood. In
1819 William Hood came to Indiana and located in Fort Wayne, were
for a number of years he carried on a successful mercantile business,
dealing extensively with the Indians during the period of his residence
there. He moved to Miami county in 1831 and purchased of Mr. Holman
a large tract of land on the Wabash river, including that upon which the
city of Peru now stands ...
While a resident of Fort Wayne, he became acquainted with and mar-
ried Sophia C. Ewing, daughter of Alexander and Charlotte E. Ewing,
who were among the early prominent residents of that city. Mr. and
Mrs. Hood reared five children, viz.: Andrew A., Richard B., William E.,
David B., and Susan W., the wife of Howard Huggins of New York city.
Mr. Hood was a man of fine abilities, and in 1836 was elected to repre-
sent Miami county in the state legislature. He served one term, and in
1838 was re-elected to the same position, but did not live to enter the
second time upon the discharge of his official duties, dying on the 9th
day of July of the latter year. Mrs. Hood survived her husband about
thirty-one years, dying in 1869.