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Charles ADKINS

(1863-1941)

ADKINS, Charles, a Representative from Illinois; born on a farm in Pickaway County, Ohio, near Mount Sterling, February 7, 1863; attended the common schools; taught school for several years; moved to Illinois in 1885 and settled on a farm in Piatt County near Bement; engaged in agricultural pursuits; president of the Piatt County (Ill.) Farmers’ Institute; member of the board of education of Bement, Ill., 1900-1920; member of the board of supervisors of Piatt County 1902-1906; member of the State house of representatives 1907-1913, serving as speaker 1911-1913; president of the Illinois Livestock Breeders’ Association in 1914 and 1915; appointed State director of agriculture during the administration of Gov. Frank M. Lowden and served from 1916 to 1920; moved to Decatur, Macon County, Ill., in 1918; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1925-March 3, 1933); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress; resided in Decatur, Ill., until his death there on March 31, 1941; interment in Bement Cemetery, Bement, Ill.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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