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Rives, George W.

Born: 1815-12-08 Franklin County, Virginia

Flourished: Paris, Illinois

Born into a political family, Rives moved to Illinois in 1839 and settled in Stratton, where he worked as a farmer. That same year, he married Mary Mayo. A Whig, Rives was a participant in the 1847 constitutional convention and served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1849 to 1850. In 1851, he settled in Paris and served as county clerk and assistant clerk to the Illinois General Assembly. Abraham Lincoln subsequently appointed him internal revenue assessor for the district.

The History of Edgar County, Illinois (Chicago: Wm. Le Baron, Jr., 1879), 478-79, 597; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 216-17.