Stone, Daniel

Born: 1800-03-13 Vermont

Flourished: Sangamon County, Illinois

Stone graduated from Middlebury College, in 1818. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to study law. While living in Cincinnati, he met and married Augusta M. Farnsworth. Stone practiced law in Cincinnati for a few years, during which time he was also a member of the Ohio State Legislature. In 1834, he and his wife moved to Springfield, Illinois, where he presided over a public meeting of Springfield citizens regarding moving the state capitol from Vandalia, to Springfield. In 1836, Sangamon County voters elected Stone, a Whig, to the Illinois House of Representatives. He, along with Abraham Lincoln, was part of the "Long Nine". While in the Illinois Legislature, Stone was appointed as judge of the Jo Daviess Circuit Court and resigned from the Illinois House of Representatives in 1837. After this appointment, Stone moved his family to Galena, Illinois. In 1838, Stone made a decision in the case of Spragins v. Houghton regarding the vote of an unnaturalized Irish immigrant that caused the dominate party in the Illinois Legislature, the Democrats, to reorganize the courts. In 1841, the Illinois Legislature made the Supreme Court judges the acting circuit court judges, which caused Stone to step down as a circuit court judge. He shortly left Illinois, and moved to New Jersey.

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