Born: 1817-XX-XX Harrison County, Kentucky
Died: 1880-11-17 Champaign, Illinois
Dudley McClain moved to Edgar County, Illinois, in 1833. He married Rebecca Hannah on October 18, 1837, and the couple eventually had six children. In 1844, McClain joined the State Militia as a major under Colonel James Blackburn. McClain was working as a cabinet maker in 1850. In 1855, he represented Edgar County in the Illinois House of Representatives as a Democrat. By 1860, McClain owned $5,000 in real estate and $500 in personal estate value. Religiously, McClain was a Baptist, and served as a deacon of the Urbana Baptist Church for sixteen years.
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Edgar County, 18 October 1837, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Edgar County, IL, 181; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 220; List of Members of the Illinois Legislature in 1855; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Paris, Edgar County, IL, 20; Champaign County Herald (Urbana, IL), 24 November 1880, 1:3; Champaign Daily Gazette (IL), 24 November 1880, 8:2; 24 June 1902, 8:2; Gravestone, Edgar Cemetery, Paris, IL.