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McDonald, John (IL State Representative)

Born: 1797-XX-XX Pennsylvania

Died: 1846-07-15 Calhoun County, Illinois

McDonald was a book-keeper in his uncle's store until 1825. Shortly after he moved to Wayne County, Illinois, where he was a teacher. He also worked in the Galena lead mines for a short time. In 1829, he moved to Calhoun County and was a teacher until 1837. McDonald was the sheriff for Calhoun County from 1836 to 1840. He also served as the county commissioner and assessor and treasurer of Calhoun County. In 1840, Calhoun, Jersey, and Greene county voters elected McDonald, a Democrat, to the Illinois House of Representatives for the first of three consecutive terms. From 1840 to 1844, he represented Calhoun, Jersey, and Greene Counties, and from 1844 to 1846, Calhoun and Greene counties.

Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois (Chicago: Biographical, 1891), 265; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 209, 211, 213.