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Menard, Pierre

Born: 1766 AD
Died: 1844 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Politician

1766 – Pierre Menard was born.

1803-1809 – Menard was a member of the Indiana territorial legislature.

1812 – Member of the Illinois territorial legislature.

1818 – Upon the admission of Illinois as a state, the population of the new state was divided between French-speaking and English-speaking citizens.

1820 – As a symbol of the waning power of the new state’s French-American citizens, the first Illinois General Assembly decided to move the state capital from Kaskaskia, Menard’s home town, to Vandalia.

1822 – Menard became the state’s first lieutenant governor, serving the first governor, Shadrach Bond.

         – Menard left office and returned to private life.

1844 – Died and was buried at Fort Kaskaskia, near his house.