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William Henry HINRICHSEN

(1850-1907)

HINRICHSEN, William Henry, a Representative from Illinois; born in Franklin, Morgan County, Ill., May 27, 1850; attended the public schools and the Illinois Industrial University (now the University of Illinois) at Champaign; engaged in newspaper work; elected justice of the peace in 1871 and reelected in 1873; appointed deputy sheriff of Morgan County in 1874 and served three terms in that position, residing at Jacksonville; sheriff 1880-1882; editor of the Illinois Courier in 1882; moved to Quincy in 1887; editor of the Quincy Herald 1887-1890; returned to Jacksonville and elected clerk of the house of representatives of Illinois in 1891; secretary of state of Illinois 1892-1896; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1896; chairman of the Democratic State committee in 1895 and 1896; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1899); engaged in literary pursuits; died in Alexander, Ill., December 18, 1907; interment in Diamond Grove Cemetery, Jacksonville, Ill.

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

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