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A Biography of

Alexander Hesler

From: History of Cook County, Illinois: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time, Chicago, IL: A. T. Andreas, 1884

ALEXANDER HESLER, artist, Chicago, was born in Montreal, Canada, July 12, 1823. At twelve years of age, he went to Vermont, and attended school until twenty years of age. He then came to Racine [WI] in 1843, and engaged in the hardware business for four years. In 1847, going to Buffalo. N. Y., he commenced his career as an artist, and in 1848-49 worked at Madison, Wis. In the spring of 1849, he went to Galena. Ill., and in 1853 came to Chicago and opened an art gallery in the Metropolitan Block, moving it in 1858 to No. 113 Lake Street, where he remained until burned out by the great fire of 1871. His residence was in Chicago until 1865, when he moved to Evanston. After 1871, he opened a gallery in Evanston which he continued until 1879, when he moved it back to Chicago, to No. 96, State Street, where he has since been actively engaged in the practice of his profession. Mr. Hesler is a member of the Philosophical Society of Evanston, Historical Society of Chicago, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He married Miss Helen E. Dorchester, a daughter of Captain Dorchester. of Racine, Wis. They Have five children--Frank E., Fred A., Helen J., Arthur J. and Harold R.

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