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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (B)
Beveridge, James Hoy


1817-1896. Son of George and Ann Beveridge. He married Elizabeth A. Disbrow. He attended Granville Academy in Illinois and Mt. Morris Seminary. He came to Somonauk, IL in 1841 and took a claim adjoining his father's on the north. About 1848, he and his brother-in-law Alexander R. Patten, opened a store at Freeland Corners (the intersection of the Chicago-Galena Hwy, later known as Somonauk corners) and did a good business. In 1849, he was elected one of the associate justices of the county and in 1852 was elected assessor. In 1864, he was elected State Treasurer and moved to Springfield. He was Secretary of the Lincoln Memorial Association. In 1874, he was on the Illinois State House building commission, and he paid the architect of the State House for plans and specifications for the new church in Somonauk, IL and donated them to the congregation.4 He returned to Somonauk, IL in 1879 and bred and raised Jersey cattle. He is buried in Oak Mound Cemetery.

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