ADDAMS, John Huy, legislator, was born at Sinking Springs, Berks County, Pa., July 12, 1S22; educated at Trappe and Upper Dublin, Pa., and learned the trade of a miller in his youth, which he followed in later life. In 1844, Mr. Addams came to Illinois, settling at Cedarville, Stephenson County, purchased a tract of land and built a saw and grist mill on Cedar Creek. In 1854 he was elected to the State Senate from Stephenson County, serving continuously in that body by successive re-elections until 1870—first as a Whig and afterwards as a Republican. In 1865 he established the Second National Bank of Free- port, of which he continued to be the president until his death, August 17, 1881.—Miss Jane (Addams), philanthropist, the founder of the "Hull House," Chicago, is a daughter of Mr. Addams.
Newton Bateman and Paul Selby, eds., Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois (Chicago: Munsell Publishing Company, 1907), 11.
The Hon. John H. Addams, one of the pioneer settlers of the North-west, died Wednesday night at Green Bay, Wis., at the age of 59 years. At the time of his death he was President of the Second National Bank of Freeport, Ill. He was a member of the Illinois Senate from 1852 to 1868, and for a quarter of a century has been one of the most influential men in the business and politics of Northern Illinois.
“Obituary Notes,” New York Times, August 19, 1881, p. 5: 6.