William Harrison GEST, Congress, IL (1838-1912)


GEST, William Harrison, a Representative from Illinois; born in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill., January 7, 1838; moved with his parents to Rock Island in 1842; was graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., in 1860; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1862 and commenced practice in Rock Island, Ill.; elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1891); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress; circuit judge of the fourteenth judicial district of Illinois from June 1897 until his death in Rock Island, Ill., August 9, 1912; interment in Chippiannook Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present