Biography - BENJAMIN W. GERE

Benjamin W. Gere, a talented young lawyer of Arcola, with brilliant prospects in the legal profession, was admitted to practice in the courts of Illinois in February, 1897, after having read law in the office of Barrick & Cofer, of Arcola.

Mr. Gere was born January 23, 1871, at Bourbon, and is a son of Warren B. and Jennie (Thompson) Gere. His father has been engaged in the grain business all his life and is one of Arcola's highly respected citizens.

Mr. Gere, in partnership with Mr. Albert Snyder, act as agents for fifteen of the leading fire insurance companies of the country. He has served Arcola most efficiently as city attorney. In the recent race for county attorney Mr. Gere was a candidate and had many friends throughout the county, but the conditions were such that would force the nomination of Mr. Chadwick, so Mr. Gere withdrew; by doing so it will no doubt increase his chances four years hence. He owns probably the second largest law library in the county, and is rapidly forging to the front in his profession. In political opinion he is a stanch Republican and takes an active interest in his party's success.

Extracted 25 May 2019 by Norma Hass from the Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois, published in 1900, page 190.

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