Hopkins, Carlisle C.

Born: 1814-XX-XX Kentucky

Flourished: Wayne County, Illinois

Carlisle C. Hopkins was a farmer, postmaster, state legislator, and army officer. In September 1837, Hopkins married Beulah L. Huddleston, with whom he had several children. From April 1846 to August 1850, he was postmaster of the U.S. Post Office at Mauldings Mills in Wayne County, Illinois. In 1850, he was farming in Wayne County and owned real property valued at $200. In 1854, he won election, as a Democrat, to the Illinois House of Representatives, representing Edwards and Wayne counties in that body from January to February 1855. Hopkins was postmaster of Hopkins Grove from April 1856 to August 1858, and of New Baltimore from January 1858 to January 1862. In 1860, Hopkins was farming in near New Baltimore in southern Wayne County. He owned real property valued at $1,670 and had a personal estate of $1,370. Upon the commencement of the Civil War, Hopkins volunteered for military service, becoming first lieutenant of Company G of the Fortieth Illinois Infantry Regiment in August 1861. He subsequently received promotion to captain. He resigned his commission in January 1863.

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