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William Henry Barnum was born in Onondaga County, New York in 1840 and moved to Belleville, Saint Claire County, Illinois as a small child. He married Clara Hyde in Belleville and later moved to Chester, Illinois where he had a legal practice. He moved to Chicago in 1867 and in 1879 was appointed Cook County Circuit Court judge.

He became a member of the Chicago Literary Club in 1875 and resigned 1899. While a member, he presented the following papers: 1) Trial by Jury (Conversation), May 12, 1879, 2) Chief Justice John Marshall, the Expounder of the Constitution, May 12, 1884

In the 1900 US Census for District 1187, Riverside, Cook County, Illinois the family of William H. Barnum was enumerated as follows:
Dwelling #87; Family #89
Barnum, William H.; Head; W; M; b. Feby 1840; 60; Married 39 years; b. New York; Both parents b. New York; Lawyer; Can read, write and speak English; Owns non-farm home free of mortgage
Barnum, Clara; Wife; W; F; b. Aug 1840; 59; Married 39 years; Mother of 5 children; 5 children living; b. Kentucky; Father b. England; Mother b. Kentucky; Can read, write and speak English
Barnum, Gertrude; Daughter; W; F; b. Sept 1868; 31; Single; b. Illinois; Father b. New York; Mother b. Kentucky; Can read, write and speak English
Barnum, Edna; Daughter; W; F; b. Feby 1872; 28; Single; b. Illinois; Father b. New York; Mother b. Kentucky; Can read, write and speak English
Barnum, Harry H.; Son; W; M; b. Aug 1879; 20; Single; b. Illinois; Father b. New York; Mother b. Kentucky; At school; Attended school 10 months during the year; Can read, write and speak English
Hyde, Harriet; Sisiter-in-law; W; F; b. Sept 1845; 54; b. Kentucky; Father b. England; Mother b. Kentucky; Can read, write and speak English
Lenahan, Celia; Servant; W; F; b. July 1873; 26; Single; b. Ireland; Both parents b. Ireland; Immigrated to US in 1892; 8 years in US; Cook; Employed full year; Can read, write and speak English
Schimmelphennig, August; Servant; W; M; b. May 1884; 16; Single; b. Germany; Both parents b. Germany; Immigrated to US in 1885; years in US; Gardener; Employed full year; Can read, write and speak English

In the 1910 US Census for District 113, Riverside, Cook County, Illinois the family of William H. Barnum was enumerated as follows:
Dwelling #70; Family #72
Barnum, William H.; Head; M; W; 70; 1st marriage; Married 50 years; b. New York; Both parents b. New York; Speaks English; Lawyer; General practice; Employer; Employed full year; Can read and write; Rents non-farm home
Barnum, Clara H.; Wife; F; W; 69; 1st marriage; Married 50 years; b. Kentucky; Father b. New Hampshire; Mother b. New York; Speaks English; No occupation; Can read and write
Simpson, Clara B.; Daughter; F; W; 46; Widowed; b. Illinois; Father b. New York; Mother b. Kentucky; Speaks English; No occupation; Can read and write
Barnum, Harry H.; Son; M; W; 30; Single; b. Illinois; Father b. New York; Mother b. Kentucky; Speaks English; Lawyer; Office; Wage earner; Employed full year; Can read and write
Hyde, Harriett; Sister-in-law; F; W; 64; Single; b. Kentucky; Father b. New Hampshire; Mother b. New York; Speaks English; No occupation; Can read and write
Skelly, Bridgett; Servant; F; W; 30; Single; b. Ireland-English; Both parents b. Ireland-English; Immigrated to US in 1909; Speaks English; Domestic; Private family; Wage earner; Out of work 12 weeks during the year; Can read and write

From: The Book of Chicagoans, A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the City of Chicago, 1905, Edited by Albert Nelson Marquis, Chicago, A. N. Marquis & Company, 1905: Barnum, William H., Jurist; b. Onondaga Co., N. Y., Feb. 15, 1840; s. Charles and Harriet (Rogers) Barnum; parents moved to Belleville, Illinois., when he was very young; ed. private schools and at State Normal School, Ypsilanti, Mich.; student at Univ. of Michigan to Junior year, and later, by action of the Faculty and Board of Regents, enrolled among the graduates and presented with an honorary degree from the Univ.; m. 1860, Clara Hyde, of Belleville, Ill.; children: Belle (now Mrs. M. D. L. Simpson), Gertrude, Edna (now Mrs. Toles), Harry H.
Studied law in office of Hon. George Trumbull, of Belleville, Ill., admitted to Illinois bar, 1862; practiced at Chester, 111., 1862- 1867; in Chicago since 1867; partner with Lawrence J. J. Nissen, 1867-76; of firm of Harding. Nissen & Barnum, 1876-8: then with Cornelius Van Schaack, 1878-9; judge Circuit Court of Cook Co. from 1879 until Dec. 1, 1884, when he resigned; was also Democratic nominee for Circuit Judge, 1903; was formerly head of firm of Barnum & Barnum: now practicing alone. Democrat. Clubs: Union League, Iroquois. Office: First National Bank Bldg. Residence: Riverside, Illinois.

From Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois Transcribed by K. Torp: Barnum, William H., lawyer and ex-Judge, was born in Onondaga County, N. Y., Feb. 13, 1840. When he was but two years old his family removed to St. Clair County, Ill., where he passed his boyhood and youth. His preliminary education was obtained at Belleville, Ill., Ypsilanti, Mich., and at the Michigan State University at Ann Arbor. After leaving the institution last named at the end of the sophomore year, he taught school at Belleville, still pursuing his classical studies. In 1862 he was admitted to the bar at Belleville, and soon afterward opened an office at Chester, where, for a time, he held the office of Master in Chancery. He removed to Chicago in 1867, and, in 1879, was elevated to the bench of the Cook County Circuit Court. At the expiration of his term he resumed private practice.

U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925. Name: William H Barnum; Birth Date: 15 Feb 1840; Birth Place: Onadagua County, New York; Age: 49; Residence: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois; Passport Issue Date: 4 May 1889; Passport Includes a Photo: No. Additional Information - Stature, 5 feet, 7-1/2 inches; Forehead, High; Eyes, Blue; Nose, Straight; Mouth, Medium; Chin, Rather square; Hair, Dark brown; Complexion, Rather dark, Face, Oval.
Cook County, Illinois, Deaths Index, 1878-1922. Name: William Henry Barnum; Birth Date: 15 Feb 1840; Birth Place: New York; Death Date: 10 Dec 1915; Death Place: Riverside, Cook, Illinois; Burial Date: 12 Dec 1915; Burial Place: Riverside, Cook, Illinois; Cemetery Name: Cremation-Oakwoods; Death Age: 75; Occupation: Attorney & teacher; Race: White; Marital Status: Married; Gender: Male; Residence: Riverside, Cook, Illinois; Father Name: Charles Barnum; Father Birth Place: New York; Mother Name: Harriet Rodgers; FHL Film Number: 1287531.
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