The Road to Civil War

Philip B. Fouke

(23 January, 1818 -- 3 October, 1876) Fouke was an American lawyer and politician. Born in Kaskaskia, Ill., Fouke studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1845. Fouke served as Prosecuting Attorney for the Kaskaskia district from 1846 to 1850. Fouke also served as member of the State House of Representatives in 1851. Fouke was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses, serving from March 4th, 1859 to March 3rd, 1863. During the Civil War, Fouke served as a colonel of the Thirtieth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was wounded at the Battle of Belmont. After returning to the practice of law, Fouke died in Washington D.C. in 1876. [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at]

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