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McLean County, Illinois
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RUBEN G. BRIGHT, of the well-known firm of Dillon & Bright, importers and breeders of French horses at Normal, was born in Linn County, Ky. Sept. 25, 1852. The parents of our subject were Henry and Maria (Gentry) Bright, also natives of Lincoln County, where they lived until their death. The father was twice married, and by his first union had four children and by the second three.

Ruben G. Bright is the second child born of his father's first marriage, he was reared to manhood on a farm, and devoted his time to agriculture and stock-raising, in the meantime receiving a common school education, and supplemented by a course of study at Lexington College for two years. In 1870 our subject came to this State, and locating at Normal purchased a farm of ninety acres two and a half miles northeast of that city. On this place he located and engaged in its improvement and the raising of stock, and there met with success.

In 1874 Mr. Bright was united in marriage with Miss Sarah, daughter of Ellis and Martha Dillon. He then began to deal in French draft horses, and in 1882 made his first trip to France, and on his return brought with him ten head of horses of that breed. In 1884 he again went to France, and this time imported twenty head, six of them, however, being for other parties. In 1885 our subject formed a partnership with Adolphus Dillon, which relationship has continued until the present time, under the firm name of Dillon & Bright. Mr. Bright's wife departed this life April 28, 1881, leaving one daughter, Bernie. In politics Mr. Bright is a Democrat, although an earnest worker in the cause of temperance. In religion he holds fellowship with the Christian Church, and is one of the prominent and foremost citizens of the county.

[SOURCE: Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887). Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.]


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