Madden, Henry

Born: 1800-XX-XX Pennsylvania

Died: 1867-XX-XX De Kalb County, Illinois

Flourished: De Kalb County, Illinois

Madden was among the early settlers of LaSalle County, Illinois, when that county included all the territory that would become Kane and De Kalb counties in 1836 and 1837, respectively. He settled in Mayfield, and entered local politics. In August 1836, La Salle and Kane County voters elected Madden, a Democrat, to represent them in the Illinois House of Representatives. In 1837, he pushed through a bill to create De Kalb County out of the western portion of Kane. Madden did not run for re-election in 1838, but returned to the House in 1842 representing Boone, DeKalb, Kane, and McHenry counties. After leaving the legislature, he was town supervisor for Mayfield. In the late 1850s, Madden and his wife Eliza moved to Malta, Illinois. He became the town's first druggist, and he served as town supervisor. In 1860, was working in Malta as a grocer/druggist and owned $1,500 in real estate and had a personal estate of $1,000.

Illinois House Journal. 1836. 10th G. A., 1st sess., 5; Illinois House Journal. 1837. 10th G. A., special sess., 4; Theodore C. Pease, ed., Illinois Election Returns, 1818-1848, vol. 18 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1923), 357; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 206, 211; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), DeKalb County, IL, 441; Past and Present of DeKalb County, Illinois(Chicago: Pioneer, 1907), 1:38-39, 42, 126, 151, 152, 157.