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Asahel Gridley, businessman, McLean County, Illinois
Asahel Gridley, businessman, McLean County, Illinois
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TitleAsahel Gridley, businessman, McLean County, Illinois
Coverage / Yearc. 1874
DescriptionAsahel Gridley, McLean County's first millionaire, had much to say about early farming. Gridley is recognized as one of the first citizens to arrive in Bloomington, Illinois. He arrived there in 1831 and played a role in the founding of the first newspaper and telegraph office. He was a prominent businessman, lawyer and a politician. He was also a friend of Abraham Lincoln's.
InterpretationAsahel Gridley was an important influence in McLean County affairs in the late 1800s.
Lesson Plans / ThemesHow we learn about communities; Communities and Geography; American Communities in History
Learning Standards15 Economics; 16 History; 18 Social systems
Author or CreatorMcLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill.
Other ContributorsWalters, William D, Jr., 1942-
Source'The Heart of the Cornbelt: An Illustrated History of Corn Farming in McLean County,' by William D. Walters Jr.; ISBN 0-943788-15-3 (1997)
Subject / KeywordsMcLean County, Illinois; Millionaires; Farming; Gridley, Asahel; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Farmers
Collection PublisherMcLean County Museum of History
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