William A. Jayne was born in Springfield, Illinois back in1826. I don’t have any information about his early childhood, but I can tell you he attended the Illinois College in 1844, he was a founding member serving as first president of the Phi Alpha Literary Society.
He graduated from the University of Missouri with a medical degree in 1849. He was elected mayor of Springfield in 1859 and then as a member of the State Senate in 1860. He resigned in 1861 to become the first Governor of the Dakota Territory, appointed by President Lincoln. In 1863 he served as a Delegate to the House of Representatives. He was appointed the U.S. Pension Agent in 1869. He was again elected as the mayor of Springfield serving three consecutive terms before retiring. He died in 1916, he was 89.
What you may not know about Dr. Jayne is that he was President Lincoln’s personal physician.
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