John Messinger, 1771-1846

John Messinger, 1771-1846 (HM2LJ8)

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N 38° 32.957', W 89° 57.969'

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John Messinger received a formal education in New England before settling on the Illinois frontier in 1802. After serving as St. Clair County Surveyor, he was appointed Deputy United States Surveyor and platted much of the government land between the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. In 1835 he produced the first map of Illinois based on the official United States Survey.

When Illinois was part of the Indiana territory, Messinger served in the territorial legislature. In 1818 he assisted in writing the constitution for the new State of Illinois and was elected the First Speaker in the House of Representatives.
HM NumberHM2LJ8
Year Placed1981
Placed BySt. Clair County Historical Society and The Illinois State Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at 8:04pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 241508 N 4270933
Decimal Degrees38.54928333, -89.96615000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 32.957', W 89° 57.969'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 32' 57.42" N, 89° 57' 58.14" W
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