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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - Henry C. Bear

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


HENRY C. BEAR. Mr. BEAR, the present supervisor of Compromise township, was born in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, at Mount Rock, December 7th, 1838. His ancestors were of Swiss-German descent, and had lived in that part of Pennsylvania for several generations. The fall of 1853 the family moved to Macon county, Illinois. Mr. Bear was married November 17th, 1859, to Miss L. J. LIKINS, daughter of John L. LIKINS of Macon county; she is a native of Ohio. He was farming in Macon county till 1862. August 15th of that year he enlisted in Co. A, 116th Illinois Infantry. His regiment was attached to the 15th Army Corps. He was in the battles of Chickasaw Bayou, Arkansas Post, Walnut Hill, Champion Hill, Black river, and the siege of Vicksburg. May 19th, 1863, in the first charge on the works at Vicksburg he was wounded in the right side; the ball has never been extracted, and he lay in the hospital till his discharge in June, 1865. At the close of the war he returned to Macon county. In 1869 he settled in Compromise township, on Section 17, Township 21, Range 14, West. In politics he was a Republican from the time he was capable of taking any interest in such matters, and as long as the questions of slavery and freedom were at issue, warmly supported the Republican party, on financial questions. He has, however, opposed the policy of that organization, and is a member of the National Greenback party. He was elected supervisor of Compromise township in 1871, served three consecutive years at that time, and was again elected in the spring of 1878.

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