Sheriffs, 1821-2019 (list)

Here is a list of people – all men – who have served as sheriff of Sangamon County since the county was established on Jan. 30, 1821. Dates indicate when the sheriffs were commissioned unless noted.

John Taylor: 1821, ’22, ’24, ‘26
James D. Henry: 1828, ’30, ‘32
Garrett Elkin: 1834, ’36, ‘38
William Elkin: 1840, ‘42
William Harvey: 1844, ‘46
Charles Arnold: 1848
Josiah Francis: 1850
Charles Arnold: 1852
John Webber: 1854
John Cook: 1856
Joseph Pirkins: 1858
John W. Smith: 1860
Milton Hicks: 1862
William Crafton: 1864
Samuel Shoup: 1866
Dwight Brown: 1868
A.B. McConnell: 1872
William Barrett: 1872
Louis Ticknor: 1874
Temp Elliott: 1876
Samuel Shoup: 1878
Hampton Gibson: 1880
Alfred Malone: 1882
John Condell Jr.: 1886
Patrick Murray: 1890 (4-year terms commence)
Edward Baxter: 1894
Charles Woods: 1898
B.H. Brainerd: 1902
Charles Werner: 1906
Henry Mester: 1910
John Wheeler: 1914
Henry Mester: 1918
O.E. Lemon: 1922
James Kent: 1926
Samuel Metcalf: 1930 (removed for reason of insanity in September 1933)
Allan Cole: Appointed Sept. 12, 1933; died Oct. 19, 1934
William Natterman: Appointed Oct. 23, 1934
Luke Gaule: Commissioned Nov. 15, 1934
Harry Eielson: 1938
Walter Hagler: 1943
Meredith Rhule: 1947
James Walsh: 1951
Harold Barrow: 1953
Arthur Gross: 1955
Hugh Campbell: 1959
James Christensen: 1963
Edward Ryan: 1967
Hugh Campbell: 1971
Martin Gutschenritter: 1975
James Purdon: 1978 (resigned 1985)
Bill DeMarco: Appointed 1985; elected 1986
Neil Williamson: 1994
Wes Barr: 2014
Jack Campbell, 2018

Source: Sangamon Valley Collection, Lincoln Libraryschs logo (2)

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