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Britton, Isaac S.

Born: 1798-09-27 New Castle County, Delaware

Died: 1873-02-24 Iowa

Flourished: 1837-1864 Sangamon County, Illinois

Britton lived in Sangamon County, Illinois, as early as 1837. He was also a partner in a real estate agency; after its dissolution in December 1838, Britton continued the business alone. In 1842, Britton was appointed Sangamon County Assessor. He married Deborah Lee Woodbury in Peoria, Illinois in March 1845. That August he was elected school commissioner for the first time and was reelected in 1847 and 1849. On December 16, 1846, Britton attended an education convention in Springfield, Illinois. He was appointed to a committee that was to review school laws and recommend changes. Britton served as superintendent of schools from 1853 to 1857. In 1858, he was elected Springfield’s school agent. In 1864, he moved to Marshall, Iowa.

History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1881), 251, 283; Sangamo Journal (Springfield, Illinois), 5 July 1839, 3:2; 18 March 1842, 2:3; 20 March 1845, 2:7; 7 August 1845, 2:2; 31 December 1846, 2:7; 27 May 1847, 2:4; 6 August 1847, 3:3; Illinois Daily Journal (Springfield), 12 November 1849, 2:1; Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield), 30 April 1858, 3:1; 12 November 1859, 2:1; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Sangamon County, IL, 82; Gravestone, Riverside Cemetery, Marshall County, IA; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Peoria County, 12 March 1845, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL.