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John Charles Black, American lawyer. awarded medal of honor, Oct. member 53d Congress (1893-1895), Illinois at-large; member United States Civil Service Commn.


Black, John Charles was born on January 27, 1839 in Lexington, Mississippi, United States. Son of Review John and Josephine (Culbertson) Black.


Educated Wabash College. (A.M., Doctor of Laws, Knox College).


Private and sergeant major 11th Indiana Infantry, April 25-August 4, 1861. Major 37th Illinois Infantry, September 5, 1861. Lieutenant colonel, July 12, 1862.

Colonel, December 31, 1862. Bvtd. brigadier general vols., April 9, 1865, “for gallant services in assault on Fort Blakely, Alabama”. Awarded medal of honor, October 31, 1893, for Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, December 7, 1862 (severely wounded).

Resigned, August 15, 1865. Admitted to bar, 1867. Practiced at Danville, Illinois, since 1867.

Candidate for Congress, 1866, 1880, 1884, for lieutenant governor, 1872. Delegate-at-large Democratic National Convention, 1884. Democratic nominee for United States senator, 1879.

United States commissioner of pensions, 1885-1889. Member 53d Congress (1893-1895), Illinois at-large. United State Attorneys for Northern District of Illinois, 1895-1899.

Member United States Civil Service Commission, December 1903-1913, and president, January 1904-June 10, 1913. Commander-in-chief G.A.R., 1903-1904 (commander Illinois department, 1903-1904). Home: Chicago, Ill.


Member 53d Congress (1893-1895), Illinois at-large. Member United States Civil Service Commn.


Married Adaline L. Griggs, September 28, 1867.

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Josephine (Culbertson) Black

Adaline L. Griggs