Minshall, William A.

Born: 1802 Virginia

Died: 1852-11-05 Rushville, Illinois

Sometime before 1833, Minshall moved to Illinois and settled in Rushville. He married Rebecca Jabine in August 1833. A Whig, he won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1832, 1836, and 1840; he lost election to that body in 1834 and again in 1846. In 1847, he was a delegate to the Illinois Constitutional Convention. He practiced law in Rushville and in 1849, he won election as a circuit court judge. As a judge, he presided over at least four cases in which Abraham Lincoln was an attorney. Minshall held that position until his death in 1852.

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