Born: 1796-04-03 Bel Air, Maryland
Died: 1883-05-06 Galena, Illinois
Flourished: 1829-1883 Galena, Illinois
Wann was a merchant in Bel Air, Maryland, before moving to Galena, Illinois, in 1829. He brought a stock of goods with him and engaged in the mercantile business in Galena until 1851. In 1832, he enlisted as a private in Nicholas Dowling's company in the Black Hawk War, and he also worked as a sutler and financier for militia salaries. In 1835, the Illinois General Assembly appointed Wann a commissioner of the State Bank of Illinois, and was then made president of the Galena Branch of the bank. In 1853, he was appointed surveyor of customs at the U.S. Customs House at Galena, on the Mississippi River. He also served on the Board of Trustees and as an alderman and mayor of Galena. Wann was also a member of the Odd Fellows and the Masons.
An Act to Incorporate the Subscribers to the Bank of the State of Illinois; History of Jo Daviess County Illinois (Chicago: H. F. Kett, 1878), 385, 464, 475, 513-14, 518, 531, 654; Gravestone, Greenwood Cemetery, Galena, IL; Ellen M. Whitney, comp., The Black Hawk War, 1831-1832: Illinois Volunteers, vol. 35 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1970), 1:504, 508, 512, 514, 529.