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Dennis, Thomas J.

Born: 1822-XX-XX Massachusetts

Flourished: 1847-1865 Springfield, Illinois

Dennis was a carpenter who lived in Springfield, Illinois, by 1847. In 1850, he married Harriet Shields; after her death, he remarried to Mary Ann Sutton in 1855. In 1860, Dennis owned $6,000 worth of real estate. Dennis ran for alderman and mayor several times in the 1850s and 1860s. A Democrat in 1858, he ran as an Unconditional Unionist during the Civil War. He served as mayor of Springfield in 1865.

Alton & Sangamon Railroad Stock Subscription book; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Sangamon County, 19 December 1850, 18 January 1855, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 45; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Springfield, Sangamon County, IL, 102; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Springfield, Sangamon County, IL, 135; Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield), 25 November 1856, 3:1, 25 March 1858, 3:1, 1 April 1861, 3:3, 29 March 1864, 3:3; 30 March 1865, 3:4.