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Jean, Charles A., (1886-1971.) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Name: Jean, Charles A., (1886-1971.)

Historical Note:

Charles Arthur Jean, 1886-1971, was born and raised in Union County, Illinois. In 1927 he opened his own food brokerage Company in Anna, Jean & Co., which at one time was the largest sugar brokerage concern in the Midwest. He married Lula Owens in 1907 and subsequently had three sons, Harold O. (deceased 1959), Charles Norvell, Robert C., and one daughter, Alice Louise who died in infancy. After the death of his wife in 1946, Jean married Lorena Drummond on April 2, 1950.

Jean was active in community affairs. He was a member of the Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church and served on the Church Council,. He was also a member of the Masonic Order, Ainad Shrine. In addition, Jean served at various times as a member of the Anna Fair Board and as a member of the Anna School Board. During the Depression he was chairmen of a local committee to dispense emergency food and clothing to the needy, and during World War II was chairman of the local draft board. For a time, he served as Anna Postmaster.

More relevant to this collection, however, is the extent of Jean's involvement in politics. Locally, Jean served as county chairmen of the Union County Republican Committee from 1926-1952. From 1943-1952 he was a member of the executive committee of the Illinois Republican County Chairman's Association. Subsequently, he served as a member of the Republican State Central Committee from the 25th District, 1952-1960.

At the state level, Jean was appointed a member of the new Illinois Super-Highway Commission in 1943. In 1957 he was appointed to the a special consultant to the State Department of Finance to make a survey and offer recommendations for improved efficiency in state procedures.  In addition, Jean participated in national politics by serving as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1948.

At the age of 84, Charles A. Jean died in Anna on March 8, 1971.

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