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MOORE, Jesse Hale, soldier, born in St. Clair county, Illinois, 22 April, 1817; died in Callao, Peru, 11 July, 1883. He was graduated at McKendree college in 1842, taught two years in Nashville, Illinois, and then became principal of Georgetown seminary. He was licensed to preach in 1846, was pas-tot' of the Methodist Episcopal church in Shelbyville, subsequently principal of Paris (Ky.) seminary, and president of Quincy college, Illinois, in 1854-'6. He resigned his pastorate at Decatur, Illinois, in 1862, and raised the 115th regiment of Illinois volunteers, which he commanded at Chickamauga and the subsequent battles of that campaign. He also participated in the pursuit of General John B. Hood, and a part of the time led the 2d brigade of the Army of the Cumberland. He was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers in 1865 for services during the war, returned to the pulpit, and was presiding elder of Decatur, Illinois, district in 1868. At that date he was elected to congress as a Republican, serving in 1869-'73, and was chairman of the committee on invalid pensions in the 42d congress. He was appointed United States consul in Callao in 1881, and held that office until his death.
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