Wilson, Richard L.
Born: 1814-XX-XX New York
Flourished: Chicago, Illinois
Richard L. Wilson was a canal contractor, travel writer, newspaper editor and publisher, postmaster, and brother of John L. and Charles L. Wilson. Richard moved from his native state to Chicago in 1834, setting up business with his brother John L. By 1839, he was working as a contractor on the Illinois and Michigan Canal. In 1842, Richard undertook a long tour of the American West and published an account of his travels entitled
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