Stipp, George W.

Born: 1818-03-02 Champaign County, Ohio

Died: 1899-XX-XX Bureau County, Illinois

Stipp read law in Ohio and after moving to Canton, Illinois in 1845, he fought in the Mexican War, serving as a first lieutenant in the Fourth Illinois Infantry commanded by Colonel Edward D. Baker. After the war, he completed his studies at the Cincinnati Law School. Moving back to Canton in 1848, Stipp was admitted to the Illinois bar and entered practice as an attorney. In 1849, he married Louisa C. Wolf, with whom he had ten children. Stipp later moved to Lewistown, Illinois, before settling in Princeton, Illinois in 1853. In 1857, he was appointed prosecuting attorney of Bureau County, a position he held for two years. Originally a Whig, Stipp voted for Stephen A. Douglas in the 1860 presidential election, and continued his affiliation with the Democratic Party. Stipp enlisted for duty in the Civil War, serving as a captain in Company B, Yates' Sharpshooters, afterward serving in the 64th Illinois Infantry. He resigned in 1862 due to ill health, coming out of the service with the rank of major.

John M. Palmer, ed., The Bench and Bar of Illinois: Historical and Reminiscent (Chicago: Lewis, 1899), 2:1001, 1043; H. C. Bradsby, ed., History of Bureau County, Illinois (Chicago: World, 1885), 667-68; Gravestone, Oakland Cemetery, Princeton, IL.