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Name: Lansden, John M. (1836-1923)

Historical Note: John M. Lansden, of Cairo, Illinois, was born in Sangamon county, February 12, 1836, and spent his youth working on his father’s farm fifteen miles southwest of Springfield. He attended the village school and in September, 1858, entered the freshman class of Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee. Owing to the disturbed condition of the country following the election of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency, he left Lebanon in January, 1861, five months before graduation, and entered the senior class of Illinois College at Jacksonville, and graduated in June of that year. He taught school for two or three years, and then entered the law school at Albany, New York, where he graduated in the latter part of May, 1865. He obtained his license and began the practice of the law in the same year. He became a resident of Cairo in 1866. He was a member of various law firms during the many years of his practice, and was elected city attorney in 1870, and mayor in 1871 and 1872. In 1910 his book A History of the City of Cairo, was published by R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company, of Chicago. He died in Cairo in 1923.

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