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Benjamin Godfrey Papers

Identifier: BC246
Abstract Benjamin Godfrey served in the merchant marine during the War of 1812 and later became a commander of a merchant vessel until shipwrecked off the coast of Mexico. Later became head of a merchant house in Matamoras, Mexico, and entered into a mercantile partnership with Winthrop S. Gilman while in New Orleans. Opened a storage and commission business in Alton, Illinois in 1832. Obtained control of the State Bank of Illinois and operated it from 1835 until the panic of 1837. Founded Monticello...
Dates: Created: 1848-1859; Other: Majority of material found in 1851-1853; Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1989

James Squire reminiscences of Benjamin Godfrey

 Collection — Box: 85
Identifier: MS-SC1467
Scope and Contents Typed copy of reminiscences dictated to his daughter Mrs. William H. Hubbard. Insertions by B.W. Denison a writer, noting differences in Squire's memory of facts and other published or otherwise accepted facts. Discusses Godfrey's circumstances when coming to Illinois, his family, Monticello College and the town of Monticello (Godfrey), some of his own experiences with Godfrey and growing up on the prairie and changes he saw and experienced.
Dates: Created: 1929

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