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William Harrison Gest
Birth: Jan. 7, 1838
Jacksonville
Morgan County
Illinois, USA
Death: Aug. 9, 1912
Rock Island
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA

US Congressman. He was a boy of five when the family moved from south central Illinois to the northern Illinois town of Rock Island. After high school he enrolled at Williams College in Massachusetts where he graduated in 1860. He went on to post graduate school where he earned a law degree in 1862. The following year he was admitted to the Illinois State Bar and opened a law practice in Rock Island, Illinois. After twenty years in private practice he was encouraged to run for Congress, and after a difficult and exciting campaign he was elected as a Republican to represent Illinois’ 11th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. He served from 1887 to 1891, and after losing his bid for reelection in 1890 he returned to Rock Island, where he resumed his law practice. In 1897 he was chosen circuit court judge of the Fourteenth Judicial District of northern Illinois and remained in that position until his death in 1912. (bio by: Saratoga) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Nathan Howell Gest (1797 - 1838)
 
 Siblings:
  Daniel Lewis Gest (1821 - 1833)*
  Lafayette Wilson Gest (1831 - 1832)*
  William Harrison Gest (1838 - 1912)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Chippiannock Cemetery
Rock Island
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Saratoga
Record added: Jun 08, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91572138
William Harrison Gest
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- Sanshl
 Added: Jan. 7, 2016
Thank you for your service as a Congressman.
- Irisana
 Added: Nov. 28, 2015

- Bunny
 Added: Aug. 9, 2015
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