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GEORGE E. DOYING, one of the proprietors of the Illinois Courier, the Illinois Legal Index (both of Jacksonville), and of the Quincy (Ill.) Herald, and editor-in-chief of the first-named paper, was born in Lower Canada, June 22, 1839. In 1854 he located in Charleston Hollow, Vt., and there learned the printing business. At the outbreak of the late war he was attending school in Pennsylvania, and gave up his studies to become a member of Co. B, Third Pennsylvania Reserves, with which command he remained three years, participating in the meantime in the historic battles of Dranesville, McClellan's Peninsula Campaign, Second Bull Run, Fredericksburg, South Mountain, Antietam, etc.

Leaving the army, he worked a while in the government Printing Office at Washington, and in 1866 came to Illinois. For ten years, ending in 1876, he was in the printing business at Carlisle, this State. For two years of the time, associated with others, he published The Constitution and Union, and in 1874 was one of the organizers and promoters of the Clinton County Pioneer, a German paper yet published at that place.

In 1876 he came to Jacksonville, where he has since become interested, as indicated, in the papers named in the introduction of this sketch. The Courier is a flourishing paper, with a wide and growing circulation. Its tone is neat and elegant, and although its mission would appear to be principally local, its leaders show a broad range of thought and a versatility of current and general information. Of the Legal Index the writer has no information, and of the Quincy Herald it is not his province to write in this volume.

Mr. Doying is a Knight Templar, an Odd Fellow, a Knight of Pythias and a Knight of Honor. At Carlisle, Ill., Dec. 2, 1869, he married Miss Hattie Norris, and to this union have been born nine children, two of whom died in infancy.

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