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Caldwell, Albert G.

Born: 1817-XX-XX Indiana

Died: 1851-06-26 Springfield, Illinois

Flourished: Shawneetown, Illinois

Albert G. Caldwell was an attorney and state legislator. Caldwell moved with his parents from his native Indiana to Shawneetown, Illinois, where he received his education. Caldwell read law and earned admission to the Illinois bar, opening a legal practice. In 1841, he married Eleanor Castle, with whom he would have two children. In 1847, Caldwell represented Gallatin County at the Illinois Constitutional Convention as a Democrat. In 1850, he was elected as state representative from Gallatin County, where Caldwell was living and practicing law in Shawneetown, owning real property valued at $5,000. In November 1850, he won election, as a Democrat, to the Illinois House of Representatives, representing Gallatin and Saline counties. He was serving in the Illinois House when he died from cholera. Caldwell was a Freemason and an Odd Fellow.

History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin and Williamson Counties, Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed, 1887), 530-31; Arthur Charles Cole, ed., The Constitutional Debates of 1847, vol. 14 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library, Constitutional Series (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1919), 2:952; John M. Palmer, ed., The Bench and Bar of Illinois: Historical and Reminiscent (Chicago: Lewis, 1899), 2:856; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Shawneetown, Gallatin County, IL, 388; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 217; Illinois Daily Journal (Springfield), 26 November 1850, 2:3; 27 June 1851, 3:2; Gravestone, Westwood Cemetery, Shawneetown, IL.