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Sensational Chicago elite divorce case opens in Naperville, Illinois

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11/19/1860
Jury selection began in the divorce case of Isaac Burch, leading Chicago banker, against his socialite wife Mary, who was niece and heiress to railroad magnate Erastus Corning, for multiple instances of adultery. The sensational case was moved from Chicago to the small town of Naperville, Illinois but still attracted newspaper men from all over the country.  Tried as much in the press as the courtroom, the verdict ultimately went to Mary Burch.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Norma Basch, Framing American Divorce: From the Revolutionary Generation to the Victorians (Berkeley,CA: University of California Press, 2001), 162-165. 

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