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McLean County, Illinois
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THOMAS C. KERRICK, of the law firm of Kerrick, Lucas & Spencer, was born in Franklin County, Ind., April 24, 1848. He attended school until twelve years of age in Indiana, and after coming to Illinois with his parents, worked on his father's farm in summer and pursued his studies during the winter season. In 1868 he entered Wesleyan University [ed., Illinois Wesleyan University], where he took a two years' course and afterward read law in the office of McNulty & Aldrich. He received his diploma in 1875, and was admitted to partnership with his former instructors, McNulty & Aldrich. The following year the firm was dissolved, but Aldrich & Kerrick continued until 1878. Mr. K. then practiced alone until December, 1881, when the firm became Kerrick, Lucas & Spencer.

Mr. Kerrick was elected by the Council, City Attorney in 1878, serving two terms. Besides his law business he has interested himself in the rich and fertile lands of Illinois, having a fine farm four miles north of Bloomington, and another in Ford County, Ill., which is chiefly devoted to stock-raising. He is prominently identified with the business interests of the city, and is a stockholder in the gas company.

Mr. Kerrick was married in 1871, to Miss Tollie Armstrong, who was born in Clarke [ed., Clark] County, Ohio, and is the daughter of David and Sarah Armstrong, formerly residents of Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. K. are the parents of two children Leonidas and Alice. The family residence is at No. 324 East Locust street, and they number among their friends and associates the best people in the city. Mr. K. belongs to the Republican party, and is in all respects fulfilling the obligations of an enterprising citizen. He is now President of the Business Men's Club of this city.

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), 488. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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