Charles T. Strattan
Charles T. Strattan was born May 07, 1853 at Wilmington Ohio, to
STEPHEN T. STRATTAN and ISABELLA JANE PAVEY.
In 1855 he moved with his parents to Mercer Co. IL. and in 1857
they migrated to Mt Vernon, IL.
Charles attended the Mt.Vernon Seminary, and McKendree College at
Lebanon IL . He then spent two years at Washington University at
St Louis Mo. and two years at the Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio.
Finishing his school course in 1872 he returned home from Delaware and
being in poor health was advised by the family physician to teach a
term of school some distance in the country.
He took a position at a country school for $30.00 a month, riding on
horseback to and from school each day. By the end of the school year
his health had improved and he was able to resume his studies at the
University of Delaware in Ohio.
In 1874 he became principal of the Mt. Vernon High School and the next
year he became principal at the Nashville Illinois High School. He then
to charge of the Schools of Edwardsville IL.
In 1878 he was invited to take a position at Washington University at
St. Louis Mo. Which he accepted for two years. He studied the Law while
he was teaching there.
In the Spring of 1880 he was admitted to the Illinois Bar and in the same
year was nominated and elected from the Forty-Sixth District to the
Thirty-Second General Assembly of the State of Illinois.
In 1882 he was the Republican nominee for State Superintendent of Public
Instruction but was defeated. He returned to Mt Vernon and resumed the practice
Then on March 09, 1883 he was appointed by Governor Hamilton as one of three
Railroad and Warehouse Commissioners for the State of IL.
On September 21, 1893 he died and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt Vernon IL.
Written and Submitted By: Nancy E Davis