Semple, James, 1798-1866

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Born in Kentucky and moved to Illinois where he practiced law in Edwardsville, served in the Illinois House of Representatives, Speaker of the House, Attorney General, U.S. Senator and judge of the Illinois Supreme Court. Moved to Alton in 1837, went into the real estate business and founded the town of Elsah, Illinois, where he eventually died.

From the description of Papers, 1837-1847. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 54801922

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referencedIn Snyder, Adam Wilson, 1799-1842. Letter, 1834. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Account of Money Paid out from the Assessed Levy, 1832 June 23 John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
creatorOf Semple, James, 1798-1866. Papers, 1837-1847. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf Polk, James K. (James Knox), 1795-1849,. Petition : to James K. Polk, Washington, 1846 May 16. Rosenbach Museum & Library
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Alton (Ill.)
Real property


Birth 1798-01-05

Death 1866-12-20



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