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Christian County Illinois

Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.

Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.

Portrait and biographical record of Christian County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and   representative citizens, together with biographies of all the Governors of the state, and of the Presidents of the United States.  Chicago, Ill. : Lake City Pub. Co., 1893.  Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.
CAPT. JOHN EDWARD HOGAN, one of Taylorville's popular and representative citizens, is here engaged in the practice of law, as a member of the firm of Drennan & Hogan, and is Master in Chancery for Christian County. He has the honor of being one of the native sons of this county, his birth having occurred in Pana on the 30th of July, 1865. His parents are Thomas and Mary A. (Murphy) Hogan. The father was a native of Ireland, and on leaving the Emerald Isle crossed the Atlantic to America, where he met and married Miss Murphy, a native of Canada. In 1866 he came with his family to Taylorville, where he is still living, at the age of sixty-six years. For some time he was proprietor of the Central Hotel, but is now living, a retired life. His wife was called to her final rest in December, 1891.

The subject of this sketch has always lived in the county of his nativity. When in his first year, he was brought by his parents to Taylorville, where midst play and work his boyhood days were passed. He entered upon his business career at the age of fifteen, at which time he secured a clerkship in the grocery store of W. R. Callaway. He also served in the same capacity with Baughman & White, continuing as a clerk for five years.

Preferring a professional to a commercial life, however, he decided to take up the study of law, and at the age of twenty entered the office of J. G. Drennan, a well-known and prominent practitioner. After receiving thorough instruction, he was admitted to the Bar before the Supreme Court of Mt. Vernon, in March, 1888. He then embarked in practice, and has since followed his chosen profession.

The next month after being admitted to the Bar, he was elected Police Judge, and served in that office for a year. In 1889 the present partnership with Mr. Drennan was formed. The connection still continues, but in 1892 Mr. Drennan removed to Springfield, and became a partner with the firm of Palmer & Shutt, of the capital city. The senior member of the firm is John M. Palmer, United States Senator, and William E. Shutt is the present District Attorney for the United States.

Our subject exercises his right of franchise in support of the Democratic party, and is one of the stalwart advocates of the Democracy. He has been a member of the County Central Committee for some time, and is now its Secretary. In campaign work he is very active, and is an able speaker.

Mr. Hogan is also the popular Captain of Company B, Fifth Regiment Illinois National Guards, which numbers sixty men. It was formerly commanded by Capt. Arthur Crooker, and under his leadership took part in many competitive drills and won a number of prizes. The troops attended the New Orleans Exposition in 1885, camping at Mobile. This company has furnished a number of illustrious men, including Col. McKnight, who served on the staff of the Governor, and Col. Culver, of Springfield, who commands the Fifth Regiment.

Capt. Hogan has filled his office for a year. In 1892 he attended the Encampment at Springfield, and in October of that year went with his men to Chicago to take part in the dedicatory exercises of the World's Fair. The company is now well equipped, and takes rank among the best in the State.

Mr. Hogan is also Vice-President of the Arion Club. His pleasant, genial nature makes him a favorite, and throughout the community he has a large circle of friends.



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