Gray, George M.

Born: 1820-XX-XX Kentucky

Died: 1857-XX-XX Massac County, Illinois

Flourished: Massac County, Illinois

George M. Gray was a teacher, farmer, and state legislator. In November 1840, he married Elizabeth Kayler and the pair had at least six children together. Around 1850, Gray moved from his native Kentucky to Illinois, settling with his family in Massac County. At that time, he was described in the census as owning real estate valued at $100. Over the next four years, Gray acquired nearly 470 acres of land in Massac County. From January to February 1855, he represented Pope, Hardin, and Massac counties in the Illinois House of Representatives. Although a Whig, Gray supported the Kansas-Nebraska Act, leading him to vote for pro-Nebraska candidates and against Abraham Lincoln in the 1855 senatorial election. Gray was still living in Massac County when he died.

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