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John Mattocks, Lawyer: National Cyclopedia of American Biography

Source: National Cyclopedia of American Biography (New York: James T. White and Company), 11[1909]:563.

MATTOCKS, John, lawyer, was born at Keeseville, Essex co., N.Y., Aug. 13, 1839, son of Rev. John and Elizabeth (Brewer) Mattocks. His earliest American ancestor, James Mattocks, a native of England, emigrated to Massachusetts in 1635, becoming a freeman in 1640. His son, Samuel, was a signer of the petition of 1675 for the removal of the Narragansett Indians from Massachusetts. The line of descent runs through Samuel’s son, Samuel, who was married to March Dadey; through their son, James; through his son, Samuel, and his wife, Sarah Burdell, and through their son, John, and his wife, Esther Newell, parents of Rev. John Mattocks. Samuel Mattocks, 3d, was a captain in the revolutionary army; a representative in the Vermont legislature (1781-84); state treasurer (1786-1800); assistant judge of Rutland, Vt. (1783-89, 1794), and chief judge (1788-89). John Mattocks, 1st, early settled at Peacham, Vt., which he represented in the state legislature (1807, 1815-16, 1823-24); was a delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1836; was elected to congress (1820, 1824, 1840); was judge of the supreme court (1832), and governor of Vermont (1843-44). John Mattocks, 3d, was educated at common schools and at the academy of his native place, and on completing his preparation in 1857, began the study of law in the office of Hon. George A. Simmons, of Keeseville, N.Y. In 1859 he removed to Chicago, Ill., where he was admitted to the bar in 1860, and practiced his profession until the time of his death. His eminent ability, quickness and accuracy of judgment soon brought him into prominence in his profession, while his many graces of character won him a wide circle of friends. In 1866 he formed a partnership with Edward G. Mason, which, under the style of Mattocks & Mason, continued until 1881, being then succeeded by the new firm of John & Walter Mattocks, composed of himself and his brother. Although his time was largely occupied with the management of a constantly increasing practice, he was prominently active in politics as a Democrat. In 1880 he was a candidate for congress from the 1st Illinois district, but, although polling a large vote, was defeated by the Republican candidate, William Aldrich. During 1881-84 he was county commissioner of Cook county, and in 1886 was unsuccessful candidate for sheriff. Mr. Mattocks was a man of decided character, broad views and great earnestness, having the reputation of saying precisely what he thought at all times. He was a member of the Calumet and Iroquois clubs of Chicago, and an attendant of the Second Presbyterian Church. He was married, March 15, 1868, to Sarah Frances, daughter of Jacob Harris, of Chicago, who survived him, with one son, John Mattocks, and two daughters. His daughter, Elizabeth, is the wife of Simeon B. Chapin, of Chicago. Mr. Mattocks died in Chicago, Feb. 12, 1889.

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