Lee County Biography

Judge John V. Eustace





Provost marshal of this district during the Civil war was Judge John V. Eustace, who was associated with the Dixon Telegraph from Jan. 24, 1852 to April 20, 1854.

Born at Philadelphia PA in 1821, he was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1839, and in 1841 was admitted to the bar at St. Louis. Judge Eustace came to Dixon in 1843 and was married that year. In 1857 he was elected circuit judge, but soon resigned.

He was elected circuit judge again in 1877 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Judge W. W. Heaton, and was re-elected for six years in 1879. He also served a term in the state legislature, was a presidential elector in 1864 and in 1876 was the Democratic candidate for attorney general of Illinois.

Dixon Evening Telegraph May 1, 1951

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