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John Montgomery CREBS

(1830-1890)

CREBS, John Montgomery, a Representative from Illinois; born in Middleburg, Loudoun County, Va., April 9, 1830; moved to Illinois in 1837 with his parents, who settled in White County; attended the public schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1852 and commenced practice in White County, Ill.; served in the Union Army, and was commissioned lieutenant colonel, Eighty-seventh Regiment, Illinois Infantry, in 1862; took part in the Mississippi, Vicksburg, and Arkansas campaigns; commanded a brigade of Cavalry in the Department of the Gulf; after the close of the war resumed the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1873); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1872; engaged in the practice of his profession until his death in Carmi, White County, Ill., June 26, 1890; interment in Maple Ridge Cemetery.

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

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