Biography of Maxwell E. Dickson
Chicago, Cook County, Il Biographies

DICKSON, MAXWELL E. - Born March 26, 1848, in Amsterdam, Holland, Son of Michael and Elizabeth Dickson natives of that country. He came with his parents to America, landing in New York city in 1848, and commenced life as a farmer's boy in the state of New York. He was left an orphan at the age of eight years, and from that time forward was forced to engage in the struggle of life single-handed. His education was obtained entirely by his own exertions, and in addition to the ordinary studies he made a special study of law and medicine. On October 6, 1861, when only fourteen years old, he enlisted in the 51st regiment, Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers, and served through the war, being mustered out August 6, 1865. He entered the newspaper profession in 1867, in which year he came to Chicago and became a reporter on one of the daily newspapers. He was connected at various times with the old Evening Post (long since extinct), the Tribune, Times and Herald, Pittsburg Gazette, Pittsburg Dispatch, and for many years has been one of the best known newspaper writers in the city. He is a republican, and his labors in behalf of that party in Cook county have been recognized and rewarded, He served as chief clerk to the sheriff from 1879 to 1882, and has held other positions of trust. In his religious views he is an Episcopalian. He is a member of the Royal Arcanum, the Royal League, the Elks, the Knights of Pythias, and of the Press Club of Chicago. Mr. Dickson was married October 6, 1874, in Pittsburg, Pa,, to Martha Elizabeth Dalzell, and has seven children, Scott Alexander, Martha a, William, Maxwell Edward, Samuel M., Violet and Phillip.


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

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