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French ancestry Politicians in Illinois

  John Buford, Sr. (1779-1848) — of Versailles, Woodford County, Ky.; Rock Island, Rock Island County, Ill. Born in Barren County, Ky., 1779. Farmer; merchant; member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1824-27; member of Illinois state senate, 1843-47; postmaster at Rock Island, Ill., 1843-47. Presbyterian. French and English ancestry. Died in Rock Island, Rock Island County, Ill., March 25, 1848 (age about 68 years). Interment at Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Margaret (Kirtley) Buford (born 1760) and Simeon Buford, Sr.; married, September 6, 1799, to Nancy Hickman (died 1824); married, January 4, 1825, to Ann Bannister (Howe) Watson (died 1835); father of John Buford, Jr. (Civil War general), Napoleon Bonaparte Buford (Civil War general), Thomas Jefferson Buford and James Monroe Buford (1832-?).
  Political family: Buford family of Rock Island, Illinois.
  Claude Laroche Carney (b. 1927) — of Wilmette, Cook County, Ill. Born in Nice, France, November 23, 1927. Democrat. Naturalized U.S. citizen; bank executive; candidate for Illinois state house of representatives 1st District, 1970. Catholic. French ancestry. Member, League of Women Voters. Still living as of 1970.
  Relatives: Son of Christian Victor Laroche and Renee Therese (de Besaucele) Laroche; married to John Cyril Carney.
  Fred Thomas Dubois (1851-1930) — also known as Fred T. Dubois — of Blackfoot, Bingham County, Idaho. Born in Palestine, Crawford County, Ill., May 29, 1851. Delegate to U.S. Congress from Idaho Territory, 1887-90; U.S. Senator from Idaho, 1891-97, 1901-07; delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 1892, 1896 (speaker); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Idaho, 1904, 1908. French Canadian ancestry. Died in Washington, D.C., February 14, 1930 (age 78 years, 261 days). Interment at Grove City Cemetery, Blackfoot, Idaho.
  Relatives: Son of Jesse K. Dubois (1795?-?).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
Elisha P. Ferry Elisha Peyre Ferry (1825-1895) — also known as Elisha P. Ferry — of Waukegan, Lake County, Ill.; Seattle, King County, Wash. Born in Monroe County, Mich., August 9, 1825. Democrat. Lawyer; Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1852; postmaster at Waukegan, Ill., 1853-54; village president of Waukegan, Illinois, 1856-57; mayor of Waukegan, Ill., 1859; delegate to Illinois state constitutional convention from Lake County, 1862; colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; Governor of Washington Territory, 1872-80; vice-president, Puget Sound National Bank; Governor of Washington, 1889-93. French ancestry. Died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure, in Seattle, King County, Wash., October 14, 1895 (age 70 years, 66 days). Interment at Lake View Cemetery, Seattle, Wash.
  Relatives: Brother of Lucien Peyre Ferry; married to Sarah Brown Kellog (1827-1912); father of Eliza P. Ferry (1851-1935; who married John Leary (1837-1905)); uncle of Clinton Peyre Ferry.
  Political family: Ferry family of Seattle, Washington.
  Ferry County, Wash. is named for him.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: City of Waukegan
  Francis A. Freer (1843-1908) — also known as Frank A. Freer — of Galesburg, Knox County, Ill. Born in Pennsylvania, April 6, 1843. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; school teacher; postmaster at Galesburg, Ill., 1889-93, 1897-1908. Presbyterian. French Huguenot and Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Grand Army of the Republic; Good Templars; Ancient Order of United Workmen; Odd Fellows; Freemasons. Died, from heart disease, in Galesburg, Knox County, Ill., December 16, 1908 (age 65 years, 254 days). Interment at Hope Cemetery, Galesburg, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Abram Freer and Mary (McKimens) Freer; married, December 26, 1871, to Jennie E. Christy (1850-1903; she and her daughter Alda Freer Henry were among the 602 killed in the Iroquois Theatre fire in Chicago).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John Henry Stelle (1891-1962) — also known as John Stelle — of McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Ill. Born in McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Ill., August 10, 1891. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1928 (alternate), 1932 (alternate), 1940, 1944 (member, Committee to Notify Presidential Nominee), 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960; Illinois state treasurer, 1935-37; Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, 1937-40; Governor of Illinois, 1940-41. English, Irish, German, and French ancestry. Member, American Legion. Died July 5, 1962 (age 70 years, 329 days). Interment at City Cemetery, McLeansboro, Ill.
  See also NNDB dossier
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