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FORT, Greenberry Lafayette, soldier and politician, born in French Grant, Scioto County, Ohio, 11 October 1825; died in Lacon, Ill., 13 January 1883. In May 1834, his parents left Ohio and settled in Marshall County, Illinois, where he was brought up on a farm and attended school. He then studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began practice in Lacon, where he was elected sheriff in 1850, was clerk of the circuit court in 1852, and County judge in 1857'61. In his first case Abraham Lincoln was the opposing counsel, and David Davis the presiding judge. On the first call for troops in 1861, he volunteered in the National army, served in the Army of the Tennessee on both field and staff duty through all its campaigns, and was chief quartermaster of the 15th army corps on the march from Atlanta to the sea, and until the final surrender of Johnston's army. He was afterward ordered with Sheridan's command to Texas, where he was mustered out as colonel and brevet brigadier general of volunteers at Galveston in 1866. He was elected to the state senate of Illinois in that year, and was afterward chosen to congress as a Republican, serving from 1873 till 1879.
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