Apr. 26, 1804 Gallatin Sumner County Tennessee, USA
Jan. 16, 1883 Dixon Lee County Illinois, USA
John Dement was a politician and militia commander from the U.S. state of Illinois. Born in Tennessee, his parents, David & Dorcas (WILLIS) DEMENT migrated to Franklin County, IL in 1817, while he was in his early teens. His first political office was as county sheriff and he later served multiple terms in the Illinois House of Representatives. Dement held the federal Receiver of Public Moneys post with U.S. Government Land Office under five different presidential administrations. During the 1832 Black Hawk War Dement commanded a battalion in combat at the Second Battle of Kellogg's Grove. Sauk war chief Black Hawk later commented on the valor displayed by Dement during the battle. Dement died at his home in DementTown, Dixon, Lee, IL.