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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - George W. Gere

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois with Illustrations," 1878


GEORGE W. GERE, the subject of the following brief biographical sketch, was born in Clark county, Ill., on the 22d day of March, 1843. His father, John GERE, is a native of Vermont, in which state he was born about the year 1811, but from which he removed with his parents when about two years of age, and settled in Genesee county, New York state. In 1836 he removed to Covington, Indiana, and in the spring of 1837 took a trip down the Mississippi to the Crescent City, but returned the same summer and took up his residence in the town of Darwin, Clark county, Ill., where he remained until the year 1847, when he struck his tent and removed to and permanently located in Urbana, his present home. Previous to his settlement in Urbana, Mr. Gere had been engaged in agricultural pursuits; since then he has strictly devoted his time and attention to merchandising. In the year 1838 Mr. John GERE was united in the sacred bonds of wedlock, to Miss Emily CATRON, niece of Hon. Judge CATRON, formerly one of the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, and who at the time of her marriage was a resident of Clark county, this state. The Gere family is of English extraction. George the son spent the greater part of his early youth in attending school, until he arrived at the age of nineteen, when he commenced the study of law, and attended a course of lectures at the law Department of the University, at Chicago. After his return from Chicago, Mr. Gere commenced the practice of his profession in Urbana, but afterward removed to Champaign, where he has continued it until the present time. Shortly after entering upon his practice, he abandoned the criminal practice and devoted his time and attention considerably to that phase of the law whose practice comes within the jurisdiction of the United States Courts. On the 14th day of October, 1867, Mr. Gere was united to Miss Mary H. LEE in the bonds of wedlock, which union has been blessed by the birth of two daughters. In 1864 he cast his first vote for Gen. George B. McClellan. He is wedded to no particular party, is a man of an independent cast of mind and does his own thinking. In the Democratic convention assembled in 1872, he was nominated for the office of States Attorney, and made a most able and efficient canvass, running 752 votes ahead of the ticket. He has one of the best, and most complete law libraries in Central Illinois. The foregoing is a brief summary of the leading facts in Mr. Gere's life arranged as nearly as possible in chronological order. He is a young attorney, yet in the prime of life, with a wide field and a long and promising future before him. A man of more than ordinary ability and admirably adapted for the profession he has chosen. He is an indefatigable worker, a close student, and has already established a reputation as a capable and successful advocate, and well deserves the reputation which he enjoys, that of being thoroughly honest in his profession. He has an extensive and lucrative practice. Mr. Gere possesses an analytical mind, is a close, clear and logical reasoner, and excels in equity and corporation cases. He would no doubt with his talents have succeeded equally well in any other department of professional life to which he might have given his attention.

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