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Boal, Robert

Born: 1806-11-15 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Died: 1903-06-12 Lacon, Illinois

Flourished: Lacon, Illinois

Boal's family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, when he was five. He later studied at Cincinnati College and graduated from the Medical College of Ohio in 1828. In 1831, he married Christiana W. St. Clair, with whom he had three children. Boal worked as a doctor in Cincinnati until 1836, when he moved to Marshall County, Illinois, and was one of the founders of the town of Lacon. He won election to the Illinois Senate in 1844, and served two terms. In 1854, he was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives, and won re-election in 1856. In 1857, he earned appointment as one of the directors of the Illinois Deaf and Dumb Institute. During the Civil War, Boal served as the examining surgeon of his district's board of enrollment.

Gravestone, Springdale Cemetery and Mausoleum, Peoria, Illinois; The United States Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men: Illinois Volume (Chicago: American Biographical, 1876), 25-26; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 211, 213, 220, 221.