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Shadrack Bond

Illinois' first Governor

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Shadrack Bond was born in Frederick on November 24, 1773 and died in Kaskaskia, Randolph County, on April 12, 1832. His remains are interred in Chester.

After recieving his education in his home state, Bond moved to Illinois in 1794 and was in the agriculture industry until 1805 when he became a member of the Indiana territorial council. From 1812 to 1813, he served as a delegate to the U.S. Congress from the Illinois Territory. In 1814 he was appointed receiver of public moneys, and when Illinois became a state he was elected its first governor, serving from 1818 till 1822.

Bond County is located in southwestern Illinois and is named for the Governor.