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Robert Andrew CHILDS

(1845-1915)

CHILDS, Robert Andrew, a Representative from Illinois; born in Malone, Franklin County, N.Y., March 22, 1845; moved to Illinois with his parents, who settled near Belvidere, Boone County, in 1852; attended the common schools; during the Civil War enlisted in Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut’s company, which subsequently became a part of the Fifteenth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served throughout the war; graduated from the Illinois State Normal University in 1870; principal and superintendent of the public schools in Amboy 1871-1873; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1872 and commenced practice in Belvidere, Ill.; settled in Hinsdale, a suburb of Chicago, in July 1873; member of the village board of trustees and president of the school board; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1895); was not a candidate for renomination in 1894; resumed the practice of law in Chicago; died in Hinsdale, Ill., December 19, 1915; interment in Bronswood Cemetery.

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

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