He was born on a farm south of Lowell, near the Kankakee river, July 4, 1850. After reaching young manhood he left Lowell. Following graduation from law school he was admitted to the bar and began the practice of law in Crown Point, where he had offices until his retirement. In 1885 he was elected prosecutor of Lake county. Always an outstanding Democrat, he was elected to congress from this district and served during the four years of President Woodrow Wilson's first term. He also served as a member of the important judiciary committee.
During World War I he served as chairman of the Lake County Council of Defense, and during his long law career, served many corporations of the county. He was one of the founders of the Commercial bank at the county seat and was its president for 35 years. He was also active in the Old Settlers association and served as a board member for many years. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ina Bell Bolster. His wife passed away in 1929.
Funeral services were held at the home in Crown Point yesterday, with interment made beside his wife in Maplewood cemetery, Crown Point.
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