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Pogue, Thomas

Flourished: Beardstown, Illinois

Alternate name: Paguo

Pogue came to Illinois in 1830 and settled in Beardstown, in Morgan County, Illinois. He married Susan Stone in December 1830 in Morgan County. Pogue was a businessman in Beardstown and a partner with Augustus Knapp in the firm of Knapp & Pogue. They ran a steam mill and mercantile business. In May 1834, they closed the mercantile business to focus shipping. The New Salem store owned by Abraham Lincoln and William F. Berry did business with Knapp & Pogue. Pogue also speculated in land sales. Pogue served as postmaster of Beardstown from July 1835 to December 1836. He also served as a justice of the peace and a notary public in Beardstown.

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Morgan County, 9 December 1830, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; William Henry Perrin, ed., History of Cass County, Illinois (Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1882), 114-15; Watkins v. Lincoln & Berry, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=140677; RG 28, Records of the Post Office Department, Entry 69: Records of the Bureau of the First Assistant Postmaster General, Records of the Division of Postmasters, Records of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1930, 12B (1832-1844): 555, National Archives Building, Washington, DC ; Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 19 July 1834, 4:1, 1 October 1836, 1:2