Waters, Louis H.
Born: 1827-12-22 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: 1916-07-27 Kansas City, Missouri
Flourished: Macomb, Illinois
Alternate name: Watters
Louis H. Waters was a lawyer, teacher, state legislator, prosecuting attorney, newspaper editor, and U.S. Army officer. In 1830, Waters moved with his parents from his native Philadelphia to Kentucky. In the spring of 1838, the family emigrated to Fort Madison, Wisconsin Territory, where Waters read law. He earned admission to the bar in 1848, and in 1849, Waters moved to Macomb, Illinois, where he opened a law practice. For the first two years in Macomb, Waters devoted most of this time to teaching school, practicing law when he had the opportunity. In March 1850, Waters married Cordelia T. Pearson, with whom he had four children. In 1854, he ran a successful campaign on the fusion Whig/Temperance ticket to represent McDonough County in the Illinois House of Representatives, serving in that body from January to February 1855. In the spring of 1855, Waters became editor of
W. L. Webb, Battles and Biographies of Missourians or the Civil War Period of Our State (Kansas City, MO: Hudson-Kimberly, 1900), 383-85; S. J. Clarke, History of McDonough County Illinois (Springfield, IL: D. W. Lusk, 1878), 160, 200, 261, 306, 395; History of McDonough County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Continental Historical, 1885), 391-92; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Hancock County, 11 March 1850, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Roger D. Hunt and Jack R. Brown, Brevet Brigadier Generals in Blue (Gaithersburg, MD: Olde Soldier Books, 1990), 654; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 220; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Macomb, McDonough County, IL, 171; Gravestone, Mount Washington Cemetery, Independence, MO.