Saunders, Edward R.

Born: 1816-XX-XX Pennsylvania

Flourished: 1843 Beardstown, Illinois

By 1837, Saunders and his brother Thomas had moved from Philadelphia to settle in Beardstown, Illinois, where Saunders was a merchant and an active member of the Whig Party . In 1846, he married Mary A. Nolte. In 1850, he owned $5,500 worth of real estate. Saunders and his family moved to Chicago sometime after 1850.

Proceedings of Whig Convention at Pekin, Illinois regarding Candidates for Congress; William Henry Perrin, ed., History of Cass County, Illinois (Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1882), 40, 114-15; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Cass County, 3 November 1846, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Cass County, IL, 71.