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BEVERIDGE, John L., soldier, born in Washington County, New York, in 1824. In 1842 he removed westward, first to Illinois, and then to Tennessee, where he became a lawyer. In 1855 he returned to Illinois, settling in Chicago, and he gained prominence in his profession. At the beginning of the civil war he volunteered in the service of the United States, and attained the rank of Brigadier-General of volunteers. He was elected lieutenant governor of Illinois in 1872, and in 1873 succeeded Governor Oglesby as chief executive of the state.
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