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Thomas Carlin

July 18, 1789–February 14, 1852

Born in Fayette County, Kentucky; son of Elizabeth Evans and Thomas Carlin. Moved to Missouri, by 1803, and to Illinois, by 1812. Appointed first sheriff of Greene County, Illinois, 1821. Served as an Illinois state senator, 1824–1828. Appointed receiver of public monies by President Andrew Jackson, at Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, 1834. Served as governor of Illinois, 1838–1842. Issued a warrant for Joseph Smith’s arrest for alleged involvement in an attempt to kill former Missouri governor Lilburn W. Boggs, 1842. Elected Illinois state representative, 1849. Died near Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois. 1 (See Document 1.5, 4.15)


  1. [1] See “People of the Time,” database, The Joseph Smith Papers (, accessed Apr. 2014), Thomas Carlin. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (, accessed Dec. 29, 2015), Thomas E. Carlin Jr. 9KB5-B74 .