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 Thomas Ford

Thomas Ford

Birth
Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 3 Nov 1850 (aged 49)
Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Burial Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Plot Rose Hill Section, Lot 170
Memorial ID 7482 · View Source
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Illinois Governor. He attended Transylvania University, studied law, was admitted to the bar and established a legal career in Edwardsville, Illinois. During the Black Hawk War, he served as a spy in Colonel Sam Whiteside's Battalion. Entering politics, he was attorney of the Fifth Judicial District, judge of the Sixth Illinois Circuit Court in 1835, judge of the Ninth Illinois Circuit Court, in 1839 and judge on the Illinois Supreme Court, (1841-42). In 1842, he was elected as a Democrat the 8th Illinois Governor, serving until 1846. During his tenure, construction was completed on the Illinois and Michigan Canal, toll revenues were used to counter the state deficit and the state militia was ordered to control the difficulties between the Mormons and the Gentiles. After his term, he returned to his law practice and was author of the book, "History of Illinois 1818-1847". He died from tuberculosis at age 49.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 8 Dec 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7482
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Ford (5 Dec 1800–3 Nov 1850), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7482, citing Springdale Cemetery and Mausoleum, Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .