Son of Abraham Hurst and Eliza Kendall. Born in Lincolnshire, England in 1846. Emigrated to America in 1852. During the Civil War served in the Mississippi River transports. Captured by the Confederates and escaped to St. Louis. Married Sarah Lary in 1873. Five children were born to their marriage: Charles, Eliza, Abraham, Alice and William. Operated the A. Hurst & Co. Lime Works and engaged in other business ventures.
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