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Richard Sprigg Canby
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Birth: Sep. 30, 1808
Ohio, USA
Death: Jul. 27, 1895
Richland County
Illinois, USA

U.S. Rep. Richard Sprigg Canby
Elected Date(s): 4 Mar 1847[1867]
State: Ohio, Illinois
Country: Lebanon, United States of America
Biography: a Representative from Ohio; born in Lebanon, Ohio, September 30, 1808; completed preparatory studies; attended Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1826-1828; engaged in mercantile pursuits and while thus employed studied law; was admitted to the bar about 1840 and commenced practice in Bellefontaine, Ohio; member of the State house of representatives in 1845 and 1846; elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849); engaged in agricultural pursuits; upon its formation in 1856 affiliated with the Republican Party; moved to Olney, Richland County, Ill., in 1863, where he resumed the practice of law; elected judge of the second judicial circuit court of Illinois in 1867 and served for several years; again resumed the practice of his profession in Olney; discontinued active business pursuits in 1882, and lived in retirement until his death; died in Olney, Ill., July 27, 1895; interment in Haven Hill Cemetery.

Richard S. Canby came to Quincy, Logan county, with his father, Dr. Joseph Canby. He was but a very small boy at the (page 201) time. Richard received the finest of educational advantages and became a most finished scholar. He was admitted to the bar in 1839, and thereafter divided his time between law and business. He was sent to the state legislature in 1845, but had previously served as prosecuting attorney. In 1846 he was elected to congress, but after serving one term he retired from law and engaged in business pursuits until 1860, when he removed to Olney, Illinois. There he was elected circuit judge and became distinguished as a jurist during a long incumbency. Judge Canby was politically unambitious, and personally very modest. Of himself, he said in a letter to judge Lawrence, "If I had stuck to the practice of law, I might have become a respectable lawyer.


Information provided by John McCartney #46834024 
Family links: 
  Joseph Canby (1781 - 1843)
  Margaret Haines Canby (1793 - 1862)
  Eliza Simpson Canby (1816 - 1867)
  Anna Lydia Canby Hutchinson (1838 - 1905)*
  Samuel S Canby (1848 - 1916)*
  Cornelia Canby Boyles (1850 - 1931)*
  Benjamin H Canby (1857 - 1925)*
*Calculated relationship
Haven Hill Cemetery
Richland County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Apr 04, 2009
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Richard Sprigg Canby
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 Added: Feb. 18, 2010

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