Biography - John H. Chadwick

John H. Chadwick, state's attorney of Douglas county, is a native of Washington county, Pennsylvania. He was reared on a farm seven miles south of Washington, the county seat. He attended the country schools until about fourteen years of age, and then attended school at Washington for a short time. He also attended college at Waynesburg, and the State Normal school at Edinboro, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the latter institution in the class of '86 and came west in the summer of 1887. Mr. Chadwick taught school for ten years, was one year principal at Miles Grove, two years at Dempseytown, one year at Spartansburg, all in Penn-
sylvania, and one year at Camargo, Illinois. After coming west he read law with the law firm of Eckhart & Moore at Tuscola, Illinois, afterward entering the law department of the Wesleyan University, located at Bloomington, Illinois, and was graduated in the class of '91. He returned to Tuscola in 1892, and was elected to the office of state's attorney, which position he has held ever since. The first lawsuit he ever tried was as attorney for the state.
He was united in marriage to Miss Ella Russell, of Chrisman, Illinois, in July, 1894. They have two children, Perry Moreland and John Russell.
Mr. Chadwick is entirely self-educated, having earned the money to obtain his education by working on a farm, selling books and maps and teaching school. He has been a hard student all his life, and has obtained success by hard work and devotion to duty. As a public prosecutor he has been very successful. In addition to his official duties he has a good civil practice.

Extracted 12 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from the Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois, published in 1900, page 147.

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