Logan, John (IL State Representative)

Born: 1788-XX-XX Ireland, United Kingdom

Died: 1854-11-04 Murphysboro, Illinois (Jackson Co.)

Father of John A. Logan, John Logan immigrated from Ireland to the United States as a young man, settling first in Maryland. He studied medicine with his father, and continued the practice of medicine, along with agricultural, commercial, and political ventures, for the remainder of his life. In 1814, he married Mary Berthiaume, with whom he had two children. Logan and his family subsequently moved west, first to Ohio and later to Perry County, Missouri. In 1822, Mary Logan died of an unknown disease. In 1824, Logan and his family moved to Illinois, establishing a residence on a farm near Brownsville, Jackson County. He married Elizabeth Jenkins, with whom he had ten children. Logan moved his new bride to a farm near of the site of Murphysboro, Illinois. He held several county offices, and in 1836, Jackson County voters elected him to the Illinois House of Representatives. He won re-election in 1838, 1840, and 1846. In 1850, he owned real estate valued at $5,000.

Gravestone, Murphysboro City Cemetery, Murphysboro, IL; John M. Palmer, ed., The Bench and Bar of Illinois: Historical and Reminiscent (Chicago: Lewis, 1899), 2:1148; James P. Jones, Black Jack: John A. Logan and Southern Illinois in the Civil War Era (Tallahassee: Florida State University Press, 1967; reprint, (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1995), 2, 4; John Clayton, comp., Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 206, 207, 209, 214; "The Family of John Logan," John A. Logan Museum, http://www.loganmuseum.org/index.php/logan-s-life/his-family; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Northern District, Jackson County, IL, 233.