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BANKSON, Andrew, pioneer and early legislator, a native of Tennessee, settled
on Silver Creek, in St. Clair County, Ill., four miles south of Lebanon, about 1808 or 1810, and subsequently removed
to Washington County. He was a Col onel of "Rangers" during the War of 1812, and a Captain in the Black
Hawk War of 1832. In 1822 ho was elected to the State Senate from Washington County, serving four years, and at
the session of 1822-23 was one of those who voted against the Convention resolution which had for its object to
make Illinois a slave State. He subsequently removed to Iowa Territory, but died, in 1853, while visiting a son-in-law
BARNUM, William H., lawyer and ex-Judge, was born in Onondaga County, N. Y., Feb.
13, 1840. When he was but two years old his family removed to St. Clair County, Ill., where he passed his boyhood
and youth. His preliminary education was obtained at Belleville, Ill., Ypsilanti, Mich., and at the Michigan State
University at Ann Arbor. After leaving the institution last named at the end of the sophomore year, he taught school
at Belleville, still pursuing his classical studies. In 1862 he was admitted to the bar at Belleville, and soon
afterward opened an office at Chester, where, for a time, he held the office of Master in Chancery. He removed
to Chicago in 1867, and, in 1879, was elevated to the bench of the Cook County Circuit Court. At the expiration
of his term he resumed private practice
BECKER, Charles St. N., ex-State Treasurer, was born in Germany, June 14, 1840,
and brought to this country by his parents at the age of 11 years, the family settling in St. Clair County, Ill.
Early in the Civil War he enlisted in the 12th Missouri regiment, and, at the battle of Pea Ridge, was so severely
wounded that it was found necessary to amputate one of his legs. In 1866 he was elected Sheriff of St. Clair County,
and, from 1872 to 1880, he served as clerk of the St. Clair Circuit Court. He also served several terms as a City
Councilman of Belleville. In 1888 he was elected State Treasurer on the Republican ticket, serving from Jan. 14,
1889 to Jan. 12, 1891. "Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois"
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