Profile of Founder’s Son, William Selden Gale

From: The Register Mail (Galesburg, IL)

There is no record of [Galesburg and Knox College founder Geoerge Washington] Gale ever being involved in either county or city government or in politics of any manner… A case can be concluded that one the most significant gifts to the town by the Rev. Gale was his oldest son, William Selden Gale [1822-1900]…

[Selden Gale’s] main profession and income was derived from a large farming operation that stretched from Knox to Warren counties… He served as Galesburg postmaster… member of the County Board and City Council [and Knox College Board of Trustees]… Illinois General Assembly and the [state] Constitutional Convention in 1880… He played a significant part in bringing both the railroads to Galesburg… [and] moving the seat of Knox County Government from Knoxville to Galesburg… Read more…