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A Chicago Pioneer Dead

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Chicago, Oot. US.- The Hon. John Wentworth, better known as "Long Jobn" - a man as well know as aay ia the west, died at 7:45 ïuesday morning. About a tnouth ago his general healtli begau to fail aud death resultad as above stated. Mr. Wentworth was born in Sandwich, N. H., in 1815. He canie to Chicago in 1836 and begau the study of law and also to write for The Chicago Democrat, of which he soou béfame solé owner. In 1841 he attended law lecturesat Cambridge, Mass., and on hi? return was admi tted to the bar. iïarly in 1843 he as nominated for congress and took his seat the follow ing December. He served eight years in succession, and continuing nis uewspaper as a Democratie oigan be fouud no time for the prsetice of law. His congressional district then embraced seventeen counties, which he caavassed witn a horse and buggy. He refused a re-election but was again elected at the time Franklin Vieras was ctaosen president. Although an ardent Deraocrat he supported Fremont in 1865, and was elected mayor of Chicago by tbe Republicans in 1857 and in 1861 and acted with that party until 1871. In 1864 he was elected to congress by the Republicans to represent a district including only Cook county. Mr. Wentworth was six feet and a half in height and proportionately large. He was one of the wealthiest as well as one of the oldest citizens. He participated in the first meeting called to consider the propriety of applying for a city charter ind for mauy years took prominent part in measures pertaiuing to the welfare of Chicago.


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