The History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton,
Franklin, and Williamson Counties, Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed
Publishing Co., 1887). P.
John Judd, county clerk of Hamilton County, Ill, born in Burlington, Ohio,
September 3, 1839, is the son of Chester and Mary (Burch) Judd, natives
respectively of New York and Ohio.
The father came to Illinois in 1854 locating on Moore’s Prairie
in the western part of the county, where he now resides with his wife.
Our subject was educated at McKendree College, Lebanon, Ill., and
Jones’ Commercial College, of St. Louis.
For two years he followed teaching, and from seventeen to
twenty-six he was a wool-carder in his father’s mill, except while at
and teaching school.
His father established the first steam flouring-mill in the county.
Confinement not agreeing with our subject, he settled on the farm,
and in 1867 was elected county surveyor, an office which he filled for
seventeen consecutive years.
In 1886 he was elected county clerk, and is now filling the office
in an efficient manner.
September 25, 1862, he married Lucy S. Bennett of Athens County,
four children are Burch J., Chester C., Lydia B. and Giles G.
His party, the Democratic, elected him to his various offices,
notwithstanding they were at times in the minority.
He is a Master Mason, and justly recognized as a reliable citizen
and popular official.
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