JEFFERSON COUNTY ILLINOIS
BIOGRAPHIES

Charles T. Strattan

Charles T. Strattan was born May 07, 1853 at Wilmington Ohio, to 
STEPHEN T. STRATTAN and ISABELLA JANE PAVEY.
In 1855 he  moved with his parents to Mercer Co. IL. and in 1857 
they migrated to Mt Vernon, IL.
Charles attended the Mt.Vernon Seminary, and McKendree College at 
Lebanon IL . He then spent two years at Washington University at 
St Louis Mo. and two years at the Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio.
Finishing his school course in 1872 he returned home from Delaware and 
being in poor health was advised by the family physician to teach a 
term of school some distance in the country. 
He took a position at a country school for $30.00 a month, riding on 
horseback to and from school each day. By the end of the school year 
his health had improved and he was able to resume his studies at the 
University of Delaware in Ohio.
In 1874 he became principal of the Mt. Vernon High School and the next 
year he became principal at the Nashville Illinois High School. He then 
to charge of the Schools of Edwardsville IL.
In 1878 he was invited to take a position at Washington University at 
St. Louis Mo. Which he accepted for two years. He studied the Law while 
he was teaching there.
In the Spring of 1880 he was admitted to the Illinois Bar and in the same 
year was nominated and elected from the Forty-Sixth District to the 
Thirty-Second General Assembly of the State of Illinois.
In 1882 he was the Republican nominee for State Superintendent of Public 
Instruction but was defeated. He returned to Mt Vernon and resumed the practice 
of Law. 
Then on March 09, 1883 he was appointed by Governor Hamilton as one of three 
Railroad and Warehouse Commissioners for the State of IL.
On September 21, 1893 he died and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt Vernon IL. 


Written and Submitted By: Nancy E Davis


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