Biography of Christian C. Kohlsaat
Chicago, Cook County, Il Biographies

KOHLSAAT, CHRISTIAN C. - Born in Edwards county, Ill., Jan. 8, 1844. Son of Reimer and Sarah (Hall) Kohlsaat. His father was a native of Germany, who had settled in Edwards county, Ill., about 1825. his mother was born in England, but had come to America when a child, with her parents, and was a resident of Illinois from 1820. The family removed to Galena, Ill., in 1854, and there the subject of this sketch received an academic education which was afterward supplemented by a course in the Chicago University. He came to Chicago in February, 1862, and after leaving college began the study of law in the office of Gallop & Hitchcock Later he pursued his studies in the office of Scates, Bates & Towslee, and while thus engaged, in 1867, he became the law reporter of the Chicago Evening Journal, a position which he held one year. He was admitted to the bar in September of that year. In 1868 he accepted a position in the county clerk's office, where he wrote all the records of the Cook county court, took the minutes swore the juries and witnesses, etc., and in fact did all the work that it now requires eight or nine men to perform, even with the assistance of blank records, which were not in use at that time. The business under the jurisdiction of the county court increased, according to Judge Kohlsaat's estimate, about 2,500 per cent., since he had charge of the work under Judge Bradwell. In 1871 and 1872 Mr. Kohlsaat was enrolling and engrossing clerk for the Illinois legislature, and immediately after that began the active practice of law. He built up a large practice and in time became known as one of the ablest lawyers at the Chicago bar. Fle took an active interest in politics and in 1881 was the republican nominee for county judge, but was defeated at the polls by Judge Prendergast. From 1864 until 1890 he was a member of the board of West Park commissioners. He was appointed judge of the probate court in 1890, and has since held that position. Judge Kohlsaat was married in June, 1871, to Miss Frances S. Smith, daughter of G. V. Smith, one of the oldest settlers of Cook county, and has four children.

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