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Zadok CASEY

(1796-1862)

CASEY, Zadok, a Representative from Illinois; born in Greene County, Ga., March 7, 1796; attended the common schools; moved to Illinois in 1819 and settled near the present site of Mount Vernon, Jefferson County; member of the State house of representatives, 1822-1826; served in the State senate, 1826-1830; elected Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in 1830; volunteer in the Black Hawk War in 1832; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses, as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses, and as an Independent Democrat to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1843); chairman, Committee on Public Lands (Twenty-fifth Congress), Committee on Private Land Claims (Twenty-sixth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1842 to the Twenty-eighth Congress; delegate to the State constitutional conventions in 1848 and 1860; again a member of the State house of representatives, 1848-1852, and served as speaker in 1852; again served in the State senate, 1860-1862; retired to his farm, “Elm Hill,” near Mount Vernon, Ill.; died in Caseyville, St. Clair County, Ill., which was named after him, September 4, 1862; interment in old Union Cemetery, near Mount Vernon, Ill.

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

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