Lee County Illinois Biography

John Dawson Crabtree




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Deceased - lawyer and late Judge of the Circuit Court, Thirteenth Judicial District, was born in Nottingham, England. Nov. 19, 1837; came to America in 1848 and to Dixon, Ill., in 1853; was educated in the district schools and in the public schools of Dixon. In 1861, in response to the first call for troops to repress the rebellion, he enlisted in Company A, Thirteenth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was successively advanced to the rank of Lieutenant and Captain, and at the date of his discharge, August 16, 1864, was brevetted with the rank of Major. Returning home after the close of the war, he resumed study of the law, which he had begun previous to his enlistment, and was admitted to the bar in 1866. In 1886 he was elected State Senator on the Republican ticket, but resigned in 1888 to accept the position of Judge of Circuit Court to which he was elected the same year, was re-elected without opposition in 1891, and again reelected in 1897, but died May 22, 1902, one year before the expiration of his term of office. Judge Crabtree was a member of Friendship Lodge, No. 7, A.F.&A.M., Dixon. Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1904 History of Lee County Illinois edited by Mr. A.C. Bardwell

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Judge Crabtree enlisted in Company A. 13th IL Vol. Inf. in 1861 and was successively advanced to the rank of Lieutenant and captain, and was brevetted as major at the time of his discharge, Aug. 16, 1864.

After the war he resumed study of the law and was admitted to the bar in 1866. Elected state senator on the Republican ticket in 1886, he resigned in 1888 upon his election as judge of circuit court of the 13th judicial district. He was re-elected circuit judge in 1891, and again in 1897, dying May 22, 1902, before the expiration of his term of office.

Born in Nottingham, England, in 1837, he came to America in 1848 and to Dixon in 1853. He was educated int he district and in the public schools of Dixon.

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