William Bebb was born on the dry fork of the White-water River, Ohio in 1802. He was home schooled because public education wasn't available in the Ohio wilderness during this time. A little school was finally founded nearby and Bebb learned the basics which prepared him for more extensive studies in the law and his admission to the bar in 1831. He relocated to Hamilton, Ohio to establish a law practice, and in 1846 he was elected to the Governorship of Ohio. He was a member of the Whig party. During his term of office his interest in prison reform resulted in certain changes to those institutions. In 1850, Bebb moved to Illinois to take possession of a land purchase he had made. Later he received an appointment from President Lincoln to the post of Pension Department Examiner, resigning in 1866. Bebb died in Rockford, Illinois in 1873.
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