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PECK, Ebenezer, jurist, born in Portland, Maine, 22 May, 1805; died in Chicago, Illinois, 25 May, 1881. He received an academical education, was admitted to the bar of Montreal, Canada, in 1827, twice elected to the general assembly of the province of Lower Canada, and made king's counsel in 1833. He removed to Illinois in 1835, settled in Chicago, and served several terms in both houses of the legislature. He was clerk of the supreme court of Illinois in 1841-'5, and its reporter in 1850-'63. At the latter date he became judge of the court of claims in Washington, D. C., holding office several years. Judge Peek was the personal friend of Abraham Lincoln. He published " Reports of the Cases of the Supreme Court of Illinois" (8 vols., Springfield, 1850-'64).
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