Detrich, John E.
Born: 1820-06-07 Pennsylvania
Died: 1899-01-31 Randolph County, Illinois
Flourished: Sparta, Illinois
John E. Detrich was a printer, newspaper publisher, merchant, state legislator, army officer, and federal government official. Born in Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, Detrich became an orphan at a young age. Raised by a maternal uncle, he received a common school education. Upon completion of his academic studies, he became an apprentice in a printing shop. Upon gaining proficiency as a printer, Detrich moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he found work at the
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