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HARTZELL, William, a Representative from Illinois; born in Canton, Stark County, Ohio, February 20, 1837; moved with his parents to Danville, Ill, in 1840 and in 1844 to the Republic of Mexico, where he remained until 1853; returned to Randolph County, Ill.; was graduated from McKendree College, Lebanon, Ill., in 1859; settled in Chester, Randolph County, Ill.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1864 and commenced practice in Chester, Ill.; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1879); was not a candidate for renomination in 1878; resumed the practice of law in Chester; judge of the third judicial circuit of Illinois 1897-1903; died in Chester, Ill., August 14, 1903; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

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

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