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Dunlap, Robert M.

Born: 1809-08-18 New Hampshire

Died: 1855-09-17 Madison County, Illinois

Flourished: Alton, Illinois

Robert M. Dunlap was a city councilman, bank agent, railroad commissioner, and merchant. He moved to Madison County, Illinois in 1831. Soon after, during the Black Hawk War, he served as a private in the First Illinois Regiment of Mounted Volunteers. Between 1834 and 1835, he purchased 160 acres of land in Madison County for just under $600, and, in October 1835, he married Phoebe Smith. The couple eventually had at least three children together. Dunlap became a prominent member of the Alton community, serving on the city council for the city's First Ward from 1840-1841. In 1847, he worked as a bank agent and, in February, also became one of the commissioners of the Alton and Sangamon Railroad. By 1850, he was working as a merchant. In August 1854, Dunlap lost his wife, a child, and a nephew to an outbreak of cholera. Both he and another one of his children were also afflicted, but recovered.

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