Biography of John P. Ahrens
Chicago, Cook County, Il Biographies

AHRENS, JOHN P. - Born in Germany, October 1, 1851. Son of Edward A and Elizabeth M. Ahrens; both parents natives of Germany. Paternal grandfather was a prominent physician in Hamburg. and maternal grandfather was the Rev, H. Paulsen, a Lutheran clergyman. Father came to America and settled in' Davenport, Iowa, in 1854; subject was educated in the Davenport grammar and high schools; began reading law there with Gen. J. B. Leake, in 1868, and taught school for several terms before coming to Chicago in 1872; was admitted to the bar in Illinois, June 7, 1873, and began practicing in 1875, having been a deputy clerk of the superior court under Major A. F. Stevenson in 1872. Was admitted to practice in the U. S. supreme court in 1882. Mr. Ahrens was connected with the long litigation between the International Bank and Samuel J. Walker, as one of the counsel for the bank; was a member of the law firm of Bisbee, Ahrens & Decker, and was engaged in the case of Howe vs. The South Park Commissioners, involving a large part of Jackson Park, and also in the case against the Board of Trade, regarding the market quotations, the decision of the supreme court compelling the board to alter its system of doing business in that regard; was one of the counsel for the paintiff in the case of Pickering vs. Lomax, involving the title to a Jarge tract of land held by what is known as the "Indian Title." In this case the U. S. supreme court reversed the decision of the state supreme court in favor of the plaintiff; the case involved the approval by the president of the United States of a deed given by an Indian. Mr. Ahrens is socially inclined; is a member of the F'irst Baptist church; in politics a republican; has held positions of trust and honor in various orders and societies; in 1885-86, was Grand Regent of the Royal Arcanum in Illinois; is a Mason, member of the A. O. U. W., Royal League,! National Union, Chosen Fricnds, and Independent Order of Mutual Aid. On Oct 24, 1877, was married to Miss Fannie Hamblin, daughter of Edward and Mary J. Hamblin, of Portland, Me., and has four children, Edith L., Leila M., Edward H., and John P., Jr.

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