Breese, Sidney, 1800-1878

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Birth 1800-07-15
Death 1878-06-27

Biographical notes:

Lawyer, Kaskaskia, Illinois; U.S. district attorney, 1827-1829; lieutenant colonel, Black Hawk War; U.S. senator, 1843-1845; Illinois House of Representatives, 1851-1852; Illinois Supreme Court justice, 1841-1843, 1857-1878.

From the description of Letters, 1845, 1851, 1875. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 27418211

From the description of Papers re: election of 1858, 1849-1858. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 27418204

From the description of Legal documents, 1834-1835. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 27418214

Illinois lawyer and jurist. Postmaster in Kaskaskia, 1821, later resident of Carlyle Illinois. Served as United States district attorney for Illinois, 1827-1829. Presided as circuit court judge, 1835-1841 and 1855-1857. Elected to United States Senate in 1843 and served until 1849. Illinois state representative, 1851-1852. Served as judge of the Illinois Supreme Court, 1841-1843 and 1857-1878.

Fought in Black Hawk War, 1832, achieving rank of lieutenant colonel. Married Eliza Morrison, daughter of William Morrison, in 1823.

From the description of Papers, 1731-1896. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 25023420


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  • Black Hawk War, 1832


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