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Dubois, Jesse K.

Born: 1811-01-11 Lawrence County, Illinois

Died: 1876-11-22 Springfield, Illinois

As a young man, Dubois received an education in Bloomington, Indiana. Having married in 1831, to Nancy Batterton, Dubois left school early and did not graduate. In 1834, he won election from Lawrence County, Illinois, to the Illinois General Assembly and formed a friendship with Abraham Lincoln. Voters reelected him to the legislature in 1836 and 1838. After Nancy’s death in 1839, Dubois married Adelia Morris in Lawrence County, in 1840. In 1841, President William H. Harrison appointed Dubois as register of the land office in Palestine, Illinois. He served in that post for one year before being elected again to the legislature from Lawrence County. From 1849 to 1853, he served as receiver of public money at Palestine. In May 1856, the Illinois Republican Party nominated him for the position of state auditor. Elected in November 1856, Dubois served until 1865. When he moved to Springfield to assume his duties as state auditor, he and his family were neighbors of the Lincoln family. In 1860, he owned $80,000 in real and personal property.

Gravestone, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL; History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1881), 522-523; Joseph Wallace, Past and Present of the City of Springfield and Sangamon County, Illinois (La Crosse, WI: Brookhaven, 2001), 1:57-58; Affidavit of Decease, 28 November 1876, Jesse K. Dubois probate file 2619, Sangamon County Court, Illinois Regional Archives Depository, University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield, IL; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Lawrence County, 2 September 1840, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850) Crawford County, IL, 243; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Sangamon County, IL, 136.