George Judd

George Judd

Birth
Death 18 Mar 1904 (aged 76)
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Burial Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Plot Block 10, 16
Memorial ID 30234917 · View Source
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Died, at 11:45 a.m. Friday March 18, 1904, at his residence, 201 West Monroe street, of infirmities attending old age, George W. Judd, aged 75 years. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at the residence. The interment will be made in Oak Ridge cemetery.

The death of Mr. Judd was not unexpected. He had been an invalid many years but displayed remarkable energy. Some weeks ago he became seriously ill and a complication developed. He gradually grew worse in condition and for the last week little hope was given for his recovery.

Mr. Judd had been prominent in public affairs of Illinois for half a century. He was the last survivor of those who commenced upon the construction of the Chicago & Alton railway. His latter days were spent quietly in the enjoyment of comforts without luxury. He responded liberally to the calls of charity and the Home for the Friendless, the Home For Aged Women, the YMCA and the M.E. church have all been the recipients of his giving.

Born in Fulton, Oswego county, New York, March 12, 1829, Mr. Judd was educated in the public schools and academy of that place and taught school two winter terms for $10 and $12 a month, boarding at various places. He was then 16 and 17 years old. Mr. Judd came to Greene county, this state, on a visit in 1844. He returned in the fall and read law with James Crombie in Fulton and then returned to Waterloo, Ill. In 1847, Mr. Judd settled in Macoupin county and commenced farming on land bought with money borrowed from John Caldwell, then of Greene county, and the father of Congressman Ben F. Caldwell. The land was located near Shipman. While breaking his prairie Mr. Judd slept in a wagon.

In the fall of 1849 the Alton & Sangamon railroad, now the Chicago & Alton, was projected. Capt. Benjamin Godfrey contracted to build it. He sublet the same to Barnard & Gowan, who employed Mr. Judd to superintend the work. The firm failed and Captain Godfrey assumed the construction, continuing Mr. Judd as superintendent of construction until the road's completion to this city in September 1852.

In the spring of 1853 Mr. Judd went to New York. On July 12, 1853, he married Lucy Elvira Parker, a daughter of Hon. John Parker, a prominent old line Democrat of Oneida county. Mr. Judd was elected that fall one of the judges of the county. He served four years, mixing a little in politics.

Mr. Judd presided over the first union meeting held in Carlinville after For Sumter was fired upon. A board of army auditors was created by an act of the legislature, composed of Judge William Thomas of Jacksonville, Hon. James H. Woodworth of Chicago and Hon. Charles H. Lanphier of this city. The board selected Mr. Judd as secretary. Many millions of money was distributed through this agency and Mr. Judd had the proud satisfaction of receiving from the department at Washington a commendatory letter, saying the accounts were ably and correctly kept. Mr. Judd always said this credit was due to his clerks, and if any to him, for selecting them.

Mr. Judd served as secretary to the chairman, Gov. John Moore, of the state Democratic committee for some years. Mr. Judd was selected by the committee to represent Illinois at the meeting of the national committee called in New York. Mr. Judd was interested in many large contracts with the government for army supplies. losing in one shipment over $30,000 by the sinking of the steamer with their supplies. He was interested with Col. Samuel Buckmaster and others in the prison labor contract under the old system, and had charge of the mechanical department of the prison.

While acting as judge at Carlinville Mr. Judd was agent for the Chicago & Alton railway at that place, and engaged in land speculation. Mr. Judd was at one time proprietor and manager of The Illinois State Register. He spent a year or more in Europe; had a private audience with the pope, Pius IX; met Napoleon III and several other crowned heads.

IL State Journal, Springfield, IL, March 19, 1904


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  • Maintained by: BjJ
  • Originally Created by: Charles W Brown
  • Added: 1 Oct 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 30234917
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Judd (12 Mar 1828–18 Mar 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 30234917, citing Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by BjJ (contributor 46902476) .