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Edwards County

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Edwards County

Index to Locations

  • Albion Albion Cemetery
  • Albion Courthouse Grounds

    Albion Cemetery
    Albion, Edwards County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      William Pickering (1798-1873) — Born in Yorkshire, England, March 15, 1798. Republican. Member of Illinois state legislature, 1842-52; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1860; Governor of Washington Territory, 1862-66. On September 4, 1864, he sent the first message over a transcontinental telegraph line. Died in Albion, Edwards County, Ill., April 22, 1873 (age 75 years, 38 days). Interment at Albion Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial

    Courthouse Grounds
    Albion, Edwards County, Illinois

    Politicians who have (or had) monuments here:
      Morris Birkbeck (1764-1825) — also known as Jonathan Freeman — of Edwards County, Ill. Born in Settle, Yorkshire, England, January 23, 1764. Secretary of state of Illinois, 1824-25. Anti-slavery writer under the pseudonym "Jonathan Freeman". While returning on horseback from a visit to Robert Owen, he drowned while fording the Fox River, Edwards County, Ill., June 4, 1825 (age 61 years, 132 days). Interment at New Harmony Cemetery, New Harmony, Ind.; memorial monument at Courthouse Grounds.
      Relatives: Son of Morris Birkbeck ; married, April 24, 1794, to Prudence Bush.
      See also Wikipedia article

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