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Hon. George D. Locke - was born in Jerseyville, Illinois, October 3, 1874. He is the only son of James A. and Anna M. (nee Wharton), Locke. He was educated in the public schools and High School of Jerseyville, Ill. A graduate of Terre Haute, Indiana, Commercial College in the year 1891. For fice years he clerked in the general office of the Chicago, Peoria & St. Louis R.R. Co., also holding the responsible position of station agent in Jerseyville when but 17 years of age.
He began the study of law in the office of Chapman & Vaughn in Jerseyville, Ill., February, 1894, and continued his law studies until February, 1896, when he purchased a controlling interest in the Jerseyvill Electric Light, Gas and Power Co., and was the secretary, treasurer and general manager to the company until July 1, 1900, when he sold the entire plant to Rosenthal & Ford of St. Louis, Mo. He is now junior member of the Investment Banking and Abstract firm of Chapman & Locke.
He was elected Mayor of the city of Jerseyville on the Democratic ticket, April 16, 1901, by a majority of 317, being the larges majority ever given a candidate for the office in Jerseyville. Besides, he is the younest man ever elected to this office, being only 26 years old. He is also secretary of the Board of Education.
On August 15, 1894, he was married to Miss Mabel G. P. Post, daughter of Galeb A. Post and Maggie M (nee Murray), Post. The fruits of this union are two sons, Archibald and Lucien.
Source: [History of Jerseyville, Illinois 1822 to 1901, by Rev. Marshall M. Cooper, Jerseyville Republican Print. 1901]