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Wentworth, John


5 Mar. 1815–16 Oct. 1888. Teacher, newspaper editor and owner, lawyer, politician, historian. Born in Sandwich, Strafford Co., New Hampshire. Son of Paul Wentworth and Lydia Cogswell. Graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1836. Moved to Chicago, 25 Oct. 1836. Became editor of Chicago Democrat, 1836; purchased newspaper, 1839. Appointed aide-de-camp to Illinois governor Thomas Carlin, 1839. Admitted to Illinois state bar, 1841. Served in U.S. House of Representatives, 1843–1851, 1853–1855, 1865–1867. Married Roxanna Marie Loomis, 13 Nov. 1844, in Troy, Rensselaer Co., New York. Mayor of Chicago, 1857–1858, 1860. Appointed police commissioner, 1863. Authored three-volume The Wentworth Genealogy: English and American, by 1878. Died in Chicago.