Biography of Joseph H. Defrees
Cook County, Il Biographies

DEFREES, JOSEPH HOLTON. - Born at Goshen, Elkhart county, Ind., April 10, 1858. Son of James McKinney and Victoria (Holton) Defrees, both of whom were of American birth, but of French descent. The father was a native of Indiana, and the mother of Kentucky. The parents of Mr. Defrees died when he was an infant, and he was brought up by his paternal grandfather, Joseph H. Defrees, who was a member of congress from Indiana during the days of reconstruction. He was a brother of John D. Defrees, who was the original founder of the Indianapolis Journal, and who afterward held the position at Washington of public printer under Lincoln, Grant and Hayes. The earliest members of this family coming to America arrived and settled in New York just prior to the war of 1812, Mr. Defrees received his education in the public schools of Indiana, at Earlham College, Richmond, and finished at the Northwestern University of Evanston, Ill. He early took up the study of law, and began practicing that profession in Indiana. He came to Chicago in 1888, and became a member of the firm of Shuman & Defrees. The firm with which he is now connected is styled Aldrich, Payne & Defrees, He was reared as a Methodist, but has not been a member of any church. In politics he is a republican. Is a member of the Bar Association, of the Law, Union League, Hamilton and Athletic clubs. Mr. Defrees was married Oct. 4, 1882, to Harriet McNaughton, and has one child, Donald.

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