Stadden, William

Born: 1802 Licking County, Ohio

Died: 1848-11-13 La Salle County, Illinois

While living in Ohio, Stadden married Elizabeth Hoadley, with whom he had five children. In 1830, Stadden brought his family to Illinois, settling in La Salle County, where he built and operated a flouring mill. Voters twice elected him sheriff of La Salle County, serving in that office from 1834 to 1836. He was appointed as one of the school commissioners, serving from 1835 to 1841. Stadden, a Democrat, was elected to the Illinois Senate for three consecutive terms, serving from 1836 to 1842.

Gravestone, Dayton Cemetery, Dayton, IL; Illinois Journal (Springfield), 29 November 1848, 1:1; Elmer Baldwin, History of La Salle County, Illinois (Chicago: Rand, McNally, 1877), 216, 271-272, 532; The Past and Present of Kane County, Illinois (Chicago: Wm LeBaron Jr., 1878), 248; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 205, 207-8.