ORGANIZATION OF MERCER COUNTY

"Section 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That, on the first Monday of April next, between the hours of eight o'clock in the morning and seven o'clock in the evening, an election shall be held in the town of New Boston, at the house of Eli Reynolds and the house of George Miller, in the county of Mercer, for three county commissioners, one sheriff and one coroner for said county, who shall continue in office until their successors shall be duly elected and qualified.

"Section 2. James Irvin, George Piper and Benjamin Vannatta, or any two of them, shall be judges of the election to be held in the town of New Boston, and George Miller, David Shaunce and Ebenezer Cresswell, or any two of them, shall be judges of the election to be held at the house of George Miller. Said judges shall be authorized to appoint two clerks at each precinct, and said judges and clerks shall be qualified in the same manner as judges and clerks of election are now required by law, and said election shall, in every respect, be conducted in conformity with the election laws of the state.

"Section 3. Until the county-seat of said county of Mercer shall be located, it shall be the duty of the county commissioners' court of said county to procure a suitable house at- New Boston, and the several courts shall be held at New Boston until suitable buildings are furnished at the county-seat thereinafter to be located; and the said town of New Boston is hereby declared the temporary seat of said county of Mercer until the same shall be permanently located by law.

"Section 4. Said county of Mercer is hereby declared to be organized, with such corporate powers as belong to other counties in this state.

"This act to be in force from and after its passage.

"Approved January 31, 1835."

The act of organization was completed on the 6th day of April, 1835, by the election of officers, as provided in the law. The New Boston precinct embraced the territory in the west part of the county and the Milter precinct the eastern' settlements. At the New Boston precinct thirty-five votes were cast, all in favor of of Edward Willett for Coroner. For Sheriff Silas Drury received twenty-five votes and John Long twelve votes, and for County Commissioners Isaac Drury received twenty-four votes, Abraham Miller thirty-three votes, Joseph Noble sixteen votes and Erastus Denison thirty votes. Jesse Willits, Benjamin Vannatta and Samuel Piper acted as judges and William C. Townsend and Ephraim Gilmore as clerks. At the Miller precinct Isaac Drury received five votes, Abraham Miller twelve votes and Joseph Noble and Erastus Denison each thirteen votes for commissioner; John Long received six votes and Silas Drury seven votes for sheriff, and Edward Willett thirteen votes for coroner. The judges at the latter precinct were David Shaunce and Ebenezer Cresswell, and the clerks John and Abraham Miller. The result of the election was the choice of Edward Willett for coroner, Silas Drury for sheriff, and Abraham Miller, Isaac Drury and Erastus Denison for county commissioners.

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