General John A. McClernand, 1812-1900
The marker is mounted on the south side of McClernand School, to the left of the main entrance. The school is on the north side of Enos Street, midway between North Fifth and North Sixth Streets in Springfield.
The Illinois State Historical Society
On this site stood the residence of John A. Mcclernand. He was born in Breckinridge County, Kentucky but moved with his family to Shawneetown, Illinois in 1816. He studied law and in 1832 was admitted to the bar. He served in the Illinois General Assembly, 1836-1838, 1840-1843 and in Congress, 1843-1851, 1859-1861. At the outbreak of the Civil War he resigned to accept a commission as a Brigadier General in the Union Army. In 1862 he was promoted to Major General. After the war he resumed the practice of Law. He was Circuit Judge of the Sangamon District of Illinois from 1870-1873 and later chaired the 1876 Democratic National Convention. He is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, here.
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