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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: Edward Laughlin
Date: Mon, 1 May 2006 07:58:58 -0500


THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF CHICAGO
1837-1887
BY M. L. Ahern
1st ed 1886


"This fearless and popular officer was born in Castle Island, County
Kerry, Ireland, on September 8, 1843.

His early days were spent upon his father's farm, and he went to
school in his native place. In 1862 the came to America and located
in Indiana, where he engaged in the employ of the Pittsburgh, Fort
Wayne & Chicago railway company. He came to Chicago july 4, 1863,
and at once went to work in the freight department of the Chicago,
Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad. He sent south for awhile and
steamboated on the Mississipppi. Returning, he was employed by
Merritt and Bacron, 86 and 88 South Water street, as a shipping and
receiving clerk.

Like others, he was seized with the gold fever and went to
California, but cam back as poor as he went, after having traveled
considerably. He settled down at once and entered the employ of
Ingraham, Corbin and May, wholesale merchants. On March 1, 1872 he
joined the police force, and he has since established a record he may
well feel proud of."


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