Biography of Thomas Dent
Cook County, Il Biographies

DENT, THOMAS. - Born in Putnam county, Ill., Nov. 14, 1831. His father was George Dent, and his mother's maiden name was Comfort Ijams. The Dent family is of English extraction. The subject of this sketch traces his ancestors back to Maryland. One of such ancestors removed to London county, Va., prior to 1755, and from that ancestor the lineage is more distinctly traced by Mr. Dent. His father was born in Monongahela county, Va., now West Virginia, and his mother was born in Perry county, Ohio. He received his education mainly in the public schools of Illinois and Ohio, near the family residence, but extended the same by private study, and early took up the study of law; was admitted to the bar and has since pursueJ that calling. He came to Chicago In February, 1856. He was for a number of years attorney for the Chicago Board of Trade, and has also acted in that capacity for sundry other corporate bodies. He has been president of the Chicago Law Institute and of the Illinois State Bar Association. In his legal practice he has been connected with a number of important cases, and has not been confined to any special line of practice. He has done considerable writing in his professional career, and has delivered occasional addresses before the Illinois State Bar Association and other associations. Mr. Dent was married in 1857 to Miss Susan Strawn, of Putnam county, Ill. Their only child died in 1882.


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

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