Dickey, Theophilus Lyle

Life Span
to
Full name
Theophilus Lyle Dickey
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
Exact
Death Date Certainty
Exact
Gender
Male
Race
White
Sectional choice
North
Origins
Slave State
No. of Spouses
1
Family
Juliet Evans (wife, 1831)
Education
Other
Other Education
Miami (Ohio) University
Occupation
Military
Attorney or Judge
Educator
Journalist
Relation to Slavery
Slaveholder who freed slaves
Political Parties
Democratic
Whig
Republican
Government
Johnson Administration (1865-69)
State supreme court
State judge
Other state government
Local government
Military
US military (Pre-Civil War)
Union Army

Theophilus Lyle Dickey (Bateman, 1907)

Reference
DICKEY, Theophilus Lyle, lawyer and jurist, was born in Bourbon County, Ky., Nov. 12, 1812, the grandson of a Revolutionary soldier, graduated at the Miami (Ohio) University, and removed to Illinois in 1834, settling at Macomb, McDonough County, where he was admitted to the bar in 1835. In 1836 he moved to Rushville, where he resided three years, a part of the time editing a Whig newspaper. Later he became a resident of Ottawa, and, at the opening of the Mexican War, organized a company of volunteers, of which he was chosen Captain. In 1861 he raised a regiment of cavalry which was mustered into service as the Fourth Illinois Cavalry, and of which he was commissioned Colonel, taking an active part in Grant's campaigns in the West. In 1865 he resigned his commission and resumed the practice of his profession at Ottawa. In 1866 he was an unsuccessful candidate for Congressman for the State-at-large in opposition to John A. Logan, and, in 1868, was tendered and accepted the position of Assistant Attorney-General of the United States, resigning after eighteen months' service. In 1873 he removed to Chicago, and, in 1874, was made Corporation Counsel. In December, 1875, he was elected to the Supreme Court, vice W. K. McAllister, deceased; was re-elected in 1879, and died at Atlantic City, July 22, 1885.
Newton Bateman and Paul Selby, eds., Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois (Chicago: Munsell Publishing Company, 1905), 133.

Theophilus Dickey (Chicago Tribune)

Obituary

JUDGE DICKEY.

OTTAWA, Ill., July 23. – [Special.] – The death of Judge Dickey, who was so many years identified with Ottawa, adds to the general mourning. A public meeting of citizens, called at Mayor Allen’s request, was held this evening relative to the funeral, which is announced for Sunday at 3 p. m. The body of the deceased Judge is expected to reach here Saturday, and he will be buried in the family cemetery on the north bluff, where lie other members of his family, including W. H. L. Wallace.

“Judge Dickey,” Chicago (IL) Tribune, July 24, 1885, p. 6: 6.
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