HON. L. P. PEEBLES, an honored citizen of Carlinville, Macoupin County, has frequently been called upon to fill offices high in public trust during his long and active career. In each instance he served most creditably and in such manner as to win the confidence and respect of his fellow men. He served 17 years as judge of Macoupin County, and we may safely say that no more able nor impartial judge has ever sat upon this bench.
Judge Peebles was born in Chesterfield, Macoupin County, Illinois, July 13, 1836, and is a son of Jesse and Margaret (Reeder) Peebles. His father came to Macoupin County from Camden, South Carolina, in 1834, and lived here until his death in 1864. He was a farmer and local preacher of the Methodist faith, and commanded the respect of all. Mrs. Peebles was a native of Tennessee and died in Macoupin County, Illinois, in 1840.
Judge Peebles obtained the rudiments of an education in the common schools of his native county and remained upon the paternal acres until 1861, when he spent the winter in studying law under the direction of William A. Grimshaw of Pittsfield, Illinois. He continued there until the summer of 1862, then returned home. The Civil War being in progress, inspired with a spirit of patriotism and love for his country he organized a company of soldiers at Chesterfield and tendered them to the government. They were accepted and mustered in as Company D, 122d Reg., Illinois Vol. Inf., Judge Peebles being elected captain of the company. He continued in that capacity and served with the regiment in all of its battles until August, 1865, when the company was mustered out, as the war was at an end. He was a valued officer and brave soldier, winning the love and affection of his command and the commendation of his superiors. Returning to his home, he entered the law office of the late Judge William R. Welch, and resumed his preparation for the legal profession. He was admitted to the bar in 1867 but returned to the farm and remained until 1868, when he was appointed deputy sheriff under Sheriff S. B. Wilcox, serving throughout the latter's administration. He then formed a partnership with R. C. Smalley, with whom he was engaged in practice until 1872, when he was chosen by the Governor to complete the unexpired term of Mr. Fishback as sheriff of Macoupin County. Upon the expiration of the term, he served as office deputy for Sheriff Pennington until the fall of 1873, then was elected county judge of Macoupin County. He served efficiently for a term of four years, when his ability and faithfulness received their merited reward by his reelection. His great popularity may be gleaned from the fact that his election was made without opposition. He served two more terms of four years each after his second term, and held over for one year between two of his terms, making a total of 17 years on the bench. Since 1890, Judge Peebles has devoted his time and energies exclusively to his large private practice. He numbers among his clients many of the most substantial business men and corporate enterprises in the county. He has always evinced a deep interest in the welfare and development of his city and county, and has served conscientiously as a member of the city council and as president of the Board of Education. He is a 3d degree Mason and was formerly active as an Odd Fellow. He is a valued member of Dan Messick Post, No. 339, G.A.R.
On March 1, 1869, Judge Peebles was united in marriage with Sarah E. Odell, a native of Macoupin County. Both have been lifelong residents of this county, and have many friends and acquaintances throughout its limits.