Born: 1805-12-16 Vermont
Died: 1867-12-25 Madison County, Illinois
Flourished: 1840-1852 Springfield, Illinois
As a child, Paddock accompanied his parents in moving from Vermont to Illinois, settling just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Paddock became a dry-goods merchant in St. Louis, and in 1834, he married Mary Elizabeth Baily. By 1840, Paddock had relocated to Springfield, Illinois, where he was employed in commerce as a partner in the firm Hurst & Paddock. In 1842, he retained Logan & Lincoln and declared bankruptcy. Politically, Paddock was a Whig. In 1849, Paddock was recommended by Lincoln and others for the position of pension agent in Springfield, but the post went to Lincoln's close friend William S. Wallace instead. In 1850, Paddock was employed as a clerk in Springfield and in 1852, he announced that he was opening a commission and forwarding business in Alton, Illinois, and he relocated there.
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