1879 History of Menard & Mason Counties
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Mason County

Members of the State Legislature
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Since the organization of the county, the following persons have been elected and served as members of the Illinois General Assembly:

Senators.-James M. Ruggles was elected to the Senate from the counties of Sangamon, Menard and Mason, in 1852, and served four years. At that time, the Legislature was composed of twenty-five Senators and seventy-five Representatives.

Luther Dearborn was elected to the Senate from the district composed of Mason, Menard, Cass and Brown Counties, in 1876. The Legislature at this time is composed of fifty-one Senators and 153 Representatives.

Representatives.-In 1846, Michael Swing was elected a Representative in the Legislature, and served two years. In 1850, John Pemberton was elected a Representative in the Legislature, and served two years. In 1868, John M. Beesley was elected a Representative in the Legislature, and served two years in 1870, Matthew Langston was elected a Representative in the Legislature, and served two years. In 1872, H. H. Moore was elected and served two years as a Representative in the Legislature. In 1874, John Pugh was elected and served two years as a Representative in the Legislature. In 1876, Jacob Wheeler was elected a Representative, and served two years in the Legislature. In 1878, Jacob Wheeler was again elected a Representative, and is still a member of the Legislature, in 1879.

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