Lee County Biography


Postmaster at Franklin Grove, is the youngest son of James and Elizabeth Dysart. He was born in Huntingdon County, Pa., January 29, 1841, and resided in his native place until he was fifteen, when he accompanied the parental family to Illinois and settled on a farm near Franklin Grove. His education was gained in the schools of Lee Centre and Dixon, and has been broadened by subsequent travel and self-culture.

the outbreak of the Civil War, Mr. Dysart enlisted in the service of the Union and was mustered in September 7, 1861, as a member of Company C, Thirty-fourth Illinois Infantry. He entered service as a Corporal and was mustered out November 10, 1864, as Lieutenant, having also acted as Quartermaster for a time. He participated in all the marches and engagements in which his regiment had a part,and received his official promotion as the result of meritorious service.

When the close of the war, Mr. Dysart located in Canton, Ohio, where he was Revenue Assessor for a time. In 1866 he embarked in the wholesale and retail grocery business, and the following year came to Illinois, where he engaged in farming in China Township, Lee County. His farm in this township had been given to him by his father prior to the war, and he engaged as a tiller of the soil until 1875. He then became a member of the firm of Dysart & Hussey,lumber merchants at Franklin Grove, and continued in that connection for six years. In 1881 he sold the lumber business and engaged in the implement trade, which he closed out in order to accept the office of Postmaster, in May, 1889.

February 25, 1864, Mr. Dysart was married to Alice C. A., daughter of William 0. Harrison, of Canton, Ohio, and they have one son, Edgar H. In his political affiliations, Mr. Dysart is a Republican, devotedly attached to his party, and socially is a member of the Illinois Commandery of Loyal Legion and the Grand Army of the Republic, having been Commander of G. W. Hewitt Post, No.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892

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