ILLINOIS: Father Dearborn

To Chicagoans, Father Dearborn is as familiar as Uncle Sam. In newspaper cartoons he is a corn-fed bumpkin in a plug hat and jack boots, wearing a spade beard. Who originated the symbol of Chicago is a mystery. John T. McCutcheon, dean of Chicago cartoonists, remembers him as far back as 1895, denies parentage. Many a Chicagoan was surprised and pleased last week to learn that Father Dearborn was not only a cartoon but a real though long-buried hero, who wore a cocked hat and a peruke and the uniform of the...

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