Scripps, John Locke

Life Span
to
Full name
John Locke Scripps
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
Exact
Gender
Male
Race
White
Sectional choice
North
No. of Siblings
12
No. of Spouses
1
No. of Children
3
Family
George Henry Scripps (father), Mary Hiler Scripps (mother), Mary Elizabeth Blanchard (wife) 
Education
Other
Other Education
McKendree College (IL)
Occupation
Attorney or Judge
Journalist
Other
Other Occupation
Postmaster
Relation to Slavery
White non-slaveholder
Church or Religious Denomination
Methodist
Political Parties
Free Soil
Republican
Government
Lincoln Administration (1861-65)

John Locke Scripps (Scripps Genealogical History)

Reference

John Locke Scripps (George H., William, William, Robert, Robert, Thomas), born in Cape Girardeau February 27, 1818; educated at McKendree College, Ill.; settled in Chicago, in the practice of law, in 1847, but soon interested himself in journalism; was one of the founders of the Chicago Tribune, and for some years its chief editor. President Lincoln appointed him postmaster for Chicago, a position he held for four years. Jointly with George B. Armstrong, his assistant postmaster, he conceived and carried out the idea of distributing mails on the cars, a system which has since been generally introduced. He wrote in 1860 the first life of Abraham Lincoln ever published. He was a man of high scholarly attainments, great purity of character and amiable disposition. He married, October 24, 1848, Mary Elizabeth Blanchard. daughter of Seth Blanchard, of Greenville, Ill., who was born January 2, 1825, and educated at Monticello Seminary, Ill. She died suddenly on January 1, 1866, and he on September 21 of the same year.

Scripps, James E., "John Locke Scripps," in A Genealogical History of the Scripps Family And its Various Alliances (Detroit: 1903), 31.
Chicago Style Entry Link
Dyche, Grace Locke Scripps. “John Lock Scripps, Lincoln’s Campaign Biographer.” Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 17 (1924): 333-351. view record
Scripps, John Locke. Life of Abraham Lincoln. New York: 1860. view record
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