Duncan, Joseph, soldier, congressman, governor, was born Feb. 22, 1789, in Paris, Ky. He was an ensign at the brilliant defense of Fort Stephenson under Colonel Croghan, for which he received from congress the testimonial of a sword in 1835. He settled in Illinois, and was soon elected major-general of militia. He was state senator; and in the session of 1824-25 originated the law which first established common schools in the state. In 1827-35 he was a representative to the twentieth, twenty-first, twenty-second and twenty-third congresses; and was the fifth governor of Illinois in 1834-38. He died Jan. 15, 1844, in Jacksonville, Fla.
[Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography: Contains Thirty-five Thousand Biographies of the Acknowledged Leaders of Life and Thought of the United States, by William Herringshaw, 1909" - TK - Sub. by a FoFG]
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