Ewing, Robert M.

Born: 1822-07-23 Clark County, Kentucky

Died: 1894-09-12 Illinois

Flourished: Petersburg, Illinois

Robert M. Ewing was a teacher, pharmacist, newspaper editor, and grocer. Ewing received his early education in the public schools of his native Clark County, Kentucky, before matriculating to Georgetown College, from which he graduated at the age of nineteen. He moved to Illinois in 1841. He became a teacher in Quincy before embarking on a series of short teaching sojourns in Adams and DeWitt counties, as well as Missouri. He eventually settled in Menard County before moving to Clinton to become a pharmacist. After about a decade in that business, Ewing took up the editorship of the Farm City Reaper, as well as working as a grocer. He was a Republican and a Methodist. In April 1848, he married Martha Chambers. In 1860, Ewing was teaching and owned real property valued at $1,000 and had a personal estate of $250.

Portrait and Biographical Album of DeWitt and Piatt Counties, Ill. (Chicago: Chapman Bros., 1891), 948-50; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Morgan County, 27 April 1848, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Menard County, IL, 31; Gravestone, City Cemetery, Farmer City, IL.