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Dychus, Benjamin F.

Born: 1815-XX-XX Tennessee

Died: 1856-05-XX Christian County, Illinois

Benjamin F. Dychus was a tradesman and landowner who lived in Springfield, Illinois. Dychus was living in Sangamon County, Illinois, as early as July 1835, when he married Rosanna Smick. In 1850, Dychus was living in Springfield with his wife and five children and owned real property valued at $1,200. A plasterer by trade, Dychus entered into a partnership with George Leggott, which lasted until February 1851, when the two dissolved their partnership. Active in the Whig Party, Dychus represented Springfield's Fourth Ward at the Springfield Whig Convention held in March 1851. In May 1851, Dychus received a warrant for 160 acres of public land northwest of Taylorville in Christian County. In January 1853, Springfield citizens selected Dychus to represent the town at a convention held to discuss building an industrial university in Illinois. He later moved to Christian County. Dychus died after being struck with a piece of wood during an argument.

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Sangamon County, 22 July 1835, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Illinois Daily Journal (Springfield), 20 February 1851, 3:1; 19 March 1851, 3:2; 4 January 1853, 2:3; Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield), 26 May 1856, 3:1; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Christian County, 59:86, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Springfield, Sangamon County, IL, 116-17.