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Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia 1879

Page 118

S. T. CORN, the present states attorney of Macoupin county, was born in Jessaine county, Kentucky, October 8th, 1840. Ellis Corn, his father, was a native of the same state. The family orinally were from Virginia, and are of Welsh ancestry. Ellis Corn married Emily Thompson. Her parents emigrated from Virginia to Kenticky at an early date in the history of the latter state. There were nine children born to them, five of whom are yet living. The father died December 25th, 1854, and the mother in March, 1863. The subject of our sketch is the fourth in the family. He received a good education in the common schools of his native state. He also received an academic education, and in 1858 he entered Princeton college, at Princeton, New Jersy, and took a thorough classical course and graduated from that institution with the degree of B. A. He then entered the law office of W. R. Welsh, in Nicholasville, Kentucky, and read law. After making suitable progress he was in 1863 admitted to the practice of the profession in all the courts of Kentucky. In October, 1861, he enlised in company "K" 20th regiment, Kentucky volunteers, under command of Col. S. D. Bruce, now editor of the Turf, Field and Farm, New York. He participated with the regiment in the battle of Shiloh, after which he was on the staff of Col. Bruce, commander of the 22d brigade, in the department of the Ohio. He soon after resigned his appointment on account of ill health, and returned home and commenced the practice of law in Lancaster, Ky., where he remained about one year and a half. In April 1866, he removed to Carlinville, Macoupin county. He taught school and was principal of the Carlinville school for one term. He afterwards went into the practice with Judge Welch, and in 1872 he was elected states attorney of Macoupin county on the democratic ticket. In 1876 he was re-elected by an increased majority, and at present ably conducts all prosecutions on the part of the state.

He was married August 10th, 1876, to Miss Emma Blackburn, grand-daughter of Dr. Blackburn, founder of Blackburn university, Carlinvillle, Illinois. One chld, a boy, has been born to them. In politics he is a democrat. He cast his first vote for Gen. Geo. B. McClellan, in 1864, and since that time has been a firm and consistent member of that political organization. In 1878 he formed a law partnership with Robert B. Shirley, which still continues.

Mr. Corn possesses a fine legal mind, and as a public prosecutor ranks high. Socially he is genial, and is much liked and respected whereever known.

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