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  • French-Wicker Family Collection

The French-Wicker Collection features Illinois Governor Augustus C. French, his son-in-law Cassius M. Wicker, and their families and colleagues. Governor French was a lawyer, politician, and land speculator. French’s other offices included: receiver at the U.S. Land Office in Palestine, Illinois; State Bank Commissioner; and McKendree College law professor.

Wicker was a railroad investor and executive. Wicker, born in Vermont, married French’s daughter, Augusta, in 1872. He and his brother, Henry C. Wicker, invested in and worked for railroads and other related businesses in the Midwest, southwest and northeast.

Photographs in this collection include images of Henry C. Wicker, an 1861 Union Defense Committee of Chicago souvenir sheet, and miscellaneous family and friends.

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