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making three full terms in that body. He also
served for several years as Chairman of the
Republican State Central Committee. After the
death of Gen. Jolm A. Logan he was (1887)
elected United States Senator, his term expiring
March 3, 1891. Mr. Farwell has since devoted
his attention to the immense mercantile busi-
ness of J. V. Farwell & Co.

FARWELL, John VllUers, merchant, was born
at Campbelltown, Steuben County, N. Y., July
39, 1825, the son of a farmer; received a common-
school education and, in 1838, removed with liis
father's family to Ogle County, 111. Here he
attended Mount Morris .Seminary for a time, but,
in 1845, came to Chicago without capital and
secured employment in the City Clerk's office,
then became a book-keeper in the dry-goods
establishment of Hamilton & White, and, still
later, with Hamilton & Day. Having thus
received his bent towards a mercantile career, he
soon after entered the concern of Wadsworth &
Phelps as a clerk, at a salary of S600 a year, but
was admitted to a partnership in 1850, the title of
the firm becoming Cooley, Farwell & Co., in 1860.
About this time Marshall Field and Levi Z. Leiter
became associated with the concern and received
their mercantile training under the supervision
of Mr. Farwell. In 1865 the title of the firm



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became J. V. Farwell & Co., but. in 1891, the firm
was incorporated under the name of The J, V.
Farwell Company, his brother, Charles B. Far-
well, being a member. The subject of this sketch
luis long been a prominent factor in religious
circles, a leading spirit of the Young Men's
Christian Association, and served as Pi-esident of
the Chicago Branch ,of the United States
Christian Commission during the Civil War.
Politically he is a Republican and served as Presi-
dential Elector at the time of President Lincoln's
second election in 1864 ; also served by appoint-
ment of President Grant, in 1869, on the Board of
Indian Commissioners. He was a member of the
syndicate which erected the Texas State Capitol,
at Austin, in that State; has been, for a number
of years. Vice-President and Treasurer of the
J. V. Farwell Company, and President of the
Colorado Consolidated Land and VVater Company.
He was also prominent in the organization of the
Chicago Public Library, and a member of tlie
Union League, the Chicago Historical Society
and the Art Institute.

FARWELL, William Washington, jurist, was
born at Morrisville, Madison County, N. Y., Jan.
5, 1817, of old Puritan ancestry; graduated from
Hamilton College in 1837, and was admitted to
the bar at Rochester, N. Y., in 1841. In 1848 he
removed to Chicago, but the following year went
to California, returning to his birthplace in 1850.
In 1854 he again settled at Chicago and soon
secured a prominent position at the bar. In 1871
he was elected Circuit Court Judge for Cook
County, and, in 1873, re-elected for a term of six
years. During this period he sat chiefly upon
the chancery side of the court, and, for a time,
presided as Chief Justice. At the close of liis
second term he was a candidate f



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