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    • Three Dollar Bill 1853

    • Illinois--Cook County--Chicago; Politics & government
    • A $3 bill at this time would be an oddity. This money was put out in 1853 by Seth Pain, head of the Bank of Chicago. This was called "fiat money" and soon lost its value. Now (1934) our government has withdrawn our gold and we have a purely fiat...
    • Alonzo Huntington

    • Illinois--Cook County--Chicago; Politics & government
    • A photo of Alonzo Huntington, who was born Sept. 1, 1805 in Shaftsburg, VT. In 1833, he married Patience L. Dyer of Rutland Co. VA. He first worked as a mason, but later took to the study of law. He came to Chicago in the fall of 1835. He was...
    • Ebenezer Peck

    • Illinois--Cook County--Chicago; Politics & government
    • A photograph of Ebenezer Peck, who was born May 22, 1805 at Portland, ME. In 1826, he was married to Carolina Walker of VT. He studied Law at Montreal, Canada, and became the King's Counsel for the District of Canada. In 1835, he came to Chicago...
    • Cook County Courthouse 1884

    • Illinois--Cook County--Chicago; Architecture; Politics & government
    • A photograph of the Cook County courthouse in 1884. At that time, it had cost the county $2,320,000 and was considered a rather expensive place to use for county business. This courthouse was replaced by the present (1934) building which was built...
    • John Wentworth

    • Illinois--Cook County--Chicago; Politics & government
    • A photograph of the Hon. John Wentworth. He was born March 5, 1815 at Sandwich in Stratford Co. NH. He attended the public school, and in the fall of 1827, he attended the Acedemy of NH. [He] later attended lectures at other colleges. In 1832, he...
    • Joliet's First Courthouse

    • Illinois--Will County--Joliet; Politics & government
    • A picture of Joliet's first courthouse, built in 1837 by Blackburn and Wilson for the consideration of $2000 by order of the Will County Commissioners Sisson, Durham, and Walker. This building also served as a jail. It stood a little north of the...
    • Dr D.W. Jump

    • Illinois--Will County--Plainfield; Politics & government
    • A picture of our well-known Dr. D.W. Jump. He was born in Huron Co. OH August 24, 1847. He spent his early days on the farm and at the age of 18 he began reading medicine and teaching school. He entered the University of Michigan in 1869 and...
    • Richard J Hamilton

    • Illinois--Cook County--Chicago; Politics & government
    • A picture of Richard J. Hamilton born in Mercer Co. KY August 21, 1799, educated at Shelbyville College, came north to the southern counties in 1820. In 1821, he became Cashier of the Old State Bank. He studied Law and was admitted to the bar in...
    • Cook County Courthouse after Fire of 1871

    • Illinois--Cook County--Chicago; Architecture; Politics & government
    • A picture of the [Cook County] Courthouse built after the Fire of 1871. The ground for this building was broken on August 26, 1875 and not until July 4, 1877 was the cornerstone laid. Work moved slowly owing to financial difficulties. The estimated...
    • The Wigwam Building

    • Illinois--Cook County--Chicago; Politics & government
    • A picture of the Wigwam Building. The word "wigwam" means Indian tent or council house. The Republican Convention met here May 16, 1860 and nominated Abraham Lincoln for President. He was nominated on the third ballot and his opponents were Seward...
    • Abraham Lincoln

    • Civil War--Illinois; Politics & government
    • Abraham Lincoln, the emancipator and conservor of our union and Constitution. His history is in the minds of every American citizen and he is known and honored by every nation of the earth. When Mr. Lincoln called for volunteers, the State of...
    • George Washington

    • Illinois--Will County--Plainfield; Politics & government
    • George Washington, the father of our country and first President of the US. He lived so that we may live a more abundant life. Plainfield has a rather odd connection with the Revolution. It involves 3 of our well-known families. At the Battle of...
    • Gordon S Hubbard

    • Illinois--Cook County--Chicago; Indigenous peoples; Civil War--Illinois; Politics & government
    • This is a good picture of Gordon S. Hubbard who was born at Winsor, VT on Aug. 22, 1802. He had a common school education [and was] also a pupil of Rev. David Huntington for three years. He showed traits of trading at an early age and in 1818, he...
    • Buckner S. Morris

    • Illinois--Cook County--Chicago; Politics & government
    • This is a photograph of Buckner S. Morris. He was born Aug. 19, 1800 at Augusta, KY. [He] married Eviline Baker of Madison, KY in 1832. In 1830, he was elected to the Legislature. In 1834, he came to Chicago on horseback, and he said there were...
    • Daniel P. Cook

    • Illinois--Cook County--Chicago; Politics & government
    • This is a photograph of Daniel P. Cook. He was born in Scott Co. KY in 1794. He had a common school education and a short experience in merchandising. He entered the law office of John Pope in 1815. He moved to Kaskaskia, then the seat of...
    • George H Woodruff

    • Illinois--Will County--Joliet; Politics & government; People
    • This is a photograph of George H. Woodruff, who was a drugist, sold books and stationery, and was Joliet's earliest and best historian. He was born in Clinton, Unida Co. NY on Aug. 16, 1814. As a youth, he attended the common school as at the age...

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