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Young, Richard M.


20 Feb. 1798–28 Nov. 1861. Attorney, judge, politician. Born in Fayette Co., Kentucky. Moved to Jonesboro, Union Co., Illinois Territory. Admitted to Illinois bar, 1817, in Jonesboro. Served as state representative from Union Co., 1820–1822. Married Matilda M. James, 25 June 1820, in St. Genevieve Co., Missouri. Served as captain in Illinois militia; as Illinois circuit judge, 1825–1827; and as presidential elector, 1828. Moved to Kaskaskia, Randolph Co., Illinois, before Apr. 1829. Served as Illinois circuit judge, 1829–1837. Moved to Galena, Jo Daviess Co., Illinois. Moved to Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois. Served as U.S. senator, 1837–1843. Introduced Saints’ memorial seeking redress for lost property in Missouri to U.S. Senate, Jan. 1840. Justice of Illinois Supreme Court, 1843–1847. Served as clerk of U.S. House of Representatives, 1850–1851. Died in Washington DC.