Biography of J. Frank Aldrich
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ALDR1CH, J. FRANK. - Born at Two Rivers, Wis., April 6, 1853. Son of William and Annie M. (Howard) Aldrich. Nationality of parents American as far back as it can be traced. The father, William Aldrich, has been a prominent man both in Wisconsin and Illonois for many years. Was a member of congress from the First Illinois District for six years, being elected first in 1876, and was also an alderman of this city in the reform council of that year. He had been a member of the Wisconsin legislature in 1858. J. Frank Aldrich came to Chicago in 1861. He has had a very liberal education, received first in the public schools of this city and later at the Chicago University, Shattuck Military School of Faribault, Minnesota, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, N. Y., graduating from the latter institution as civil engineer in 1877. He was early identified with the building of linseed oil and gas works in Chicago, and for several years was a member of the Board of Trade. Entering the political field, was elected county commissioner in 1886 and again in 1887, and was president of the reform county board in the latter year; was commissioner of public works in Chicago in 1891 and 1892; was elected to congress in November 1892, for the First District of Illinois, Is an Episcopalian in religion, and a strong republican in politics, having been one of the ardent supporters of that party Is a member of the Hyde Park, Kenwood, Hamilton and Union League clubs, and in i8go was chairman of a committee from the clubs and commercial organizations of Chicago to inaugurate ard further the drainage scheme, which has since become a law. Was married Nov. 13, 1878, to Miss Lulu Sherman, daughter of Gen. F. T. Sherman, and granddaughter of ex-Mayor F. C. Sherman of Chicago. Has three children, Eleanor, 12; Martha, 11, and Louis Sherman, 10 years old.


FROM:
The Handbook of Chicago Biography
Edited by John J Flinn.
The Standard Guide Company
Chicago 1893

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