Rawlings, Francis M.
Born: 1826-07-26 Kentucky
Died: 1858-10-12 Pulaski County, Illinois
Flourished: Pulaski County, Illinois
Francis M. Rawlings was a state's attorney, lawyer, newspaper publisher and editor, and a state legislator. Rawlings moved from Louisville, Kentucky to Illinois in 1847, settling in Benton. In 1849, he was elected state's attorney, overseeing more than a dozen courts. In 1850, Rawlings moved to Cairo and in 1851, established the
"An Act to Incorporate the Alexander and Pulaksi Toll-Bridge and Plank Road Company," 25 August 1852, Laws of Illinois (1852), 91; "An Act to Incorporate the Mound City Railroad Company," 12 February 1855, Private Laws of Illinois (1855), 281; History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties (Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1883), 2:539, 545, 562; Franklin William Scott, Newspapers and Periodicals of Illinois, 1814-1879, vol. 6 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1910), 35; Illinois Daily Journal (Springfield), 2 January 1855, 2:3; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 220; List of Members of the Illinois Legislature in 1855; Gravestone, Cairo City Cemetery, Villa Ridge, IL.