About John Baldwin Hawley
Born in Hawleyville, Connecticut, Hawley moved with his parents to Carthage, Illinois, in 1833. He attended the public schools and Jacksonville College, Jacksonville, Illinois. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1854 and commenced practice at Rock Island, Illinois.
Hawley was elected State's attorney in 1856 and served four years. Enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War and served as captain of Company H, Forty-fifth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was appointed postmaster of Rock Island, Illinois, in 1865, and was removed the year following by President Johnson.
Hawley was elected as a Republican to the Forty-first, Forty-second, and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1875). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Forty-second Congress), Committee on Claims (Forty-third Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1874. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury from December 6, 1877, until April 1880, when he resigned. He moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1880 and resumed the practice of law. He moved to Omaha, Nebraska, in 1886. He served as general attorney for the western branches of the Northwestern Railroad Co.. He died at Hot Springs, S.Dak., May 24, 1895. He was interred in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska.
Born in Connecticut. John Hawley spent his early life in the Mormon communities of Carthage and Nauvoo. He was left an orphan at age 10, but with an older brother they both stayed on the farm there. He read law and was admitted to the bar in 1854. He began practice in Rock Island, Illinois. He enlisted in an Illinois regiment as a captain in the Civil War and served until receiving injuries at Fort Donelson. In 1863 he was sent to Congress where he served three terms. Under the HAYES administration he was appointed first assistant to the Secretary of Attorney General EDSALL of Illinois. In 1886 he came to Fremont, Nebraska as the attorney for the Elkhorn RR. In 1888 these offices moved to Omaha. Mr. HAWLEY then resided at 2514 Capitol. He was considered a great debater and a forceful speaker. Died on 5/24/1895 in Hot Springs, South Dakota. (Bio from Prospect Hill Association book)