Turner, Thomas J.
Born: 1815-04-05 Trumbull County, Ohio
Died: 1874-04-04 Hot Springs, Arkansas
Flourished: Freeport, Illinois
Turner completed preparatory studies in Ohio, and moved with his parents to Butler County, Pennsylvania in 1825. He moved to Lake County, Indiana in 1837 and later Freeport, Illinois in 1838. He studied law and earned admittance to the bar in 1840 and started a practice in Freeport. Turner served as a judge of the probate court of Stephenson County in 1842. He worked as postmaster of Freeport in 1844. He served as Illinois district attorney in 1845 and created the first weekly newspaper (
Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1961 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1961), 1734; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 220-21; Gravestone, Freeport City Cemetery, Freeport, IL.