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YOUNG, Richard Montgomery, senator, born in Kentucky in 1796; died in Washington, D. C., about 1852. He removed to Jonesboro', Illinois, and was admitted to the bar, 28 September, 1817. He was a member of the general assembly in 1820-'2, became judge of the 3d judicial district of Illinois, 19, July, 1825, and in 1828 was presidential elector on the Democratic ticket. On 23 January, 1829, he was commissioned judge of the 5th circuit, which in-eluded what is now Cook county. In 1836 he was elected United States senator, and in 1839 he was appointed a state agent to negotiate the state internal improvement bonds, and went to Europe for that purpose. He was commissioned associate justice of the supreme court on 4 February, 1843, and held the post till he resigned, 25 January, 1847. In 1847 he was appointed commissioner of the general land office, and in 1850-'1 he was clerk of the house of representatives at Washington.
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