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Monroe, Byrd

Born: 1809-10-08 Kentucky

Died: 1859-06-25 Charleston, Illinois

Monroe was a physician in Kentucky, but in 1834, he moved to Charleston, Illinois, and became a merchant. Monroe won election as a Whig to the Illinois Senate in 1838. As early as 1842, Monroe and a partner, John M. Eastin, ran the American Store, a general store in Charleston. Monroe also owned a flour mill near Charleston. In 1850, Monroe owned real estate worth $10,000.

Gravestone, Chambers Cemetery, Charleston, IL; The Prairie Sleeps: Cemeteries of Coles County, Illinois, 3:21; Portrait and Biographical Album of Coles County, Ill. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 442; Charles Edward Wilson, History of Coles County, Illinois (Chicago: Munsell, 1905), 649; The History of Coles County, Illinois (Chicago: Wm. E. LaBaron, Jr., 1879), 249, 300; 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), 308; Charleston Courier, 11 January 1843, 4:1, 3; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Charleston, Coles, IL, 11.