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Biographies of
Effingham County

Biographies listed in the 1887 Effingham County History

Biographies from the Effingham, IL 1910 History

Miscellaneous Biographies:

Jesse Marion
John Newton Phifer, M.D
Owen Scott

SCOTT, Owen, journalist and ex-Congressman, was born in Jackson Township, Effingham County, Ill., July 6, 1848, reared on a farm, and, after receiving a thorough common-school education, became a teacher, and was, for eight years, Superintendent of Schools for his native county. In January, 1874, he was admitted to the bar, but abandoned practice, ten years later, to engage in newspaper work. His first publication was "The Effingham Democrat," which he left to become proprietor and manager of "The Bloomington Bulletin." He was also publisher of "The Illinois Freemason," a monthly periodical Before removing to Bloomington he filled the offices of City Attorney and Mayor of Effingham, and also served as Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue. In 1890 he was elected as a Democrat from the Fourteenth Illinois District to the Fifty-second Congress. In 1892 he was a candidate for re-election, but was defeated by his Republican opponent, Benjamin F. Funk. During the past few years, Mr. Scott has been editor of "The Bloomington Leader." ["Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois" Transcribed by Kim Torp]

Jesse Marion's gravesite in Fort Leavenworth, KS National Cemetery

Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery

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Born about 1820, in Barren County, Kentucky a son of Richard and Elizabeth Dunnaven.

Married: Delilia Greenwalt/Greenwood in Lucas Township, Effingham County, Illinois, April 1, 1847.

Two Children: Mary Jane born Feb. 10, 1850 and William Francis Marion born Dec 29, 1851.

Married 2nd: Elizabeth Humphries in St. Clair Co., IL. Jan. 17, 1859. (She died three months later)

Moved to: Denver, Colorado and was working in the Gulch Mining 1862

Joined the U.S. Army: As a private in the 1st. Regiment in Central City, Gilpin Co., Colorado in 1863.

Was in hospital: In Camp Wells, Kansas in 1864. Served at this camp in 1864-1865.

Was mustered out: Of the service at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Oct. 31, 1865.

Moved Back to: Denver Colorado and worked at mining and farming 1866

Married 3rd: Widow Elizabeth Bassham: At Centerville, Chaffee County, Colorado, Nov. 5, 1882.

Died at: Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Feb 2, 1889 and is buried in the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.

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