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Gustav Körner
(Northern Illinois University)
Sophia Engelmann, his wife
(St. Clair County Historical Society, Fever River Research)

Gustav Körner, also spelled Gustave or Gustavus Koerner (born 20 November 1809 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany - died 9 April 1896 in Belleville, Illinois) graduated 1832 from the University of Heidelberg with a degree in law. Following the Frankfurter Wachensturm in 1833, an attempt by students to start a revolution in all German states, he had to emigrate to the United States, and settled in Belleville, Illinois were he later founded the city’s public library.

He served in several offices of the 19th century USA, including being the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois from 1853 to 1857.

See also


  • Out of Spain, 1867
  • The German Element in the United States of America, 1880

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