Lee County Biography

George W. Linn
Sublette Township


George W. Linn, of the firm of Linn & Evans, commission merchants, Chicago, was born in Kennebec County, Me., February 27, 1834. The family came West in 1840, settling in Lee County, Ill., and engaged in farming, where Mr. Linn spent his early life. Upon leaving the farm he engaged in the buying and shipping of grain at Sublette, Lee County, in company with his older brother, Albert Linn. Afterward he was in the mercantile trade at Lee Centre four years, and in 1869 removed to Chicago, where he engaged in the produce commission trade. The firm has been known as Linn & Kirk, Linn, Kirk & Evans, and for the past six years as Linn & Evans. Mr. Linn was married, December 24, 1861, to Miss Lucy J. Cary, who was born in Binghamton, N. Y., April 24. 1844. They have one child, George R., born July 3, 1870. He is vice-president of the Chicago Produce Exchange. He has been for several years prominently connected with the Ancient Order of United Workmen, of which he is one of the Grand officers; also with the Select Knights of the A. O. U. W., in which body he is commanding officer. Religiously he is liberally inclined, which in part accounts for his being a trustee in the People's Church, of which Dr. H. W. Thomas is pastor.

Source: HISTORY OF EARLY CHICAGO MODERN CHICAGO AND ITS SETTLEMENT EARLY CHICAGO, AND THE NORTHWEST BY ALBERT D. HAGER page 735

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