Osgood, Uri

Born: 1809-12-22 Chenango County, New York

Died: 1871-02-08 Joliet, Illinois

Osgood arrived in Joliet, Illinois, in 1836, and began practicing law. In January 1839, he married Caroline V. Aldrich, with whom he had at least one child. In 1850, Osgood was a practicing attorney in Joliet and owned $6,500 in real estate. He also began involvement in banking during the 1850s and had amassed $50,000 in real estate and $2,000 in personal property by 1860. However, a bank crisis in 1861 cost him much of his wealth and forced him to give up the business. Osgood won election to the Illinois Senate in 1853, representing Will County, and remained there until 1855. Osgood was a Democrat.

W. W. Stevens, Past and Present of Will County, Illinois (Chicago: S. J. Clarke, 1907), 1:139; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Will County, 1 January 1839, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; The Quincy Whig, 18 February 1871, 1:4; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Joliet, Will County, IL, 23; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Joliet, Will County, IL, 461; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 218, 220; Howard W. Allen and Vincent A. Lacey, eds., Illinois Elections, 1818-1990 (Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1992), 10.