According to The Daily Herald (Chicago), 3-9-1906 in a column titled, "Slavery in Old Illinois," lists Ninian's slaves. It reads, "Most of the settlers owned slaves and were anxious to get as much service out of them as possible. They registered them for periods of seritude far in excess of the legal limit, many being booked to serve from forty to sixty and even ninety-nine years. Ninian Edwards, the first Governor of the territory, registered his slaves as follows: Rose, 23 years of age, for thirty-five years; Antony, 40 years old, for fifteen years; Maria, 15, for firty-five years; Jesse, 23, for thirty-five years. The ignorant negroes were deceived into believing that it was right to bind themselves for such long periods...."
Noted events in his life were:
• Education: Dickinson College, Carlisle, Penn. 766 Studied law and medicine.
• Occupation: Minister to Mexico. 767 Appointed by Pres. Monroe, but he declined this position because of a controversy involving disposition of public funds in an Edwardsville bank.
• Occupation: Lawyer. 767
• Occupation: Attorney General of Kentucky. 767
• Occupation: territorial governor of Illinois, 1809-1818. 767,768 Appointed by President Madison, he was the first and only appointed territorial governor of Illinois. Illinois gained statehood in 1818. Ninian was a democrat from Kaskaskia County.
• Occupation: Illinois senator. 767
• Occupation: Chief Justice of the High Court of Appeals, KY. 767
• Occupation: Third governor of state of Illinois. 767 During his term, the first attempt to raise taxes for the purpose of public education was proposed. Also during his term, McKendree College. Shurtleff (now part of Southern Illinois) and Illinois Colleges were formed.
• Physical Description: by IL Gov. Thomas Ford. 767 "...a large, well-made man with a noble, princely appearance, which was a circumstance greatly in his favor as governor over a rude people, of whom it may be said the animal greatly predominated over the intellectual man."
• Occupation: State Representative in KY, by age 22. 767
• Death. 767 Died of cholera. At first he was buried in Hutchinson's cemetery, about 8 blocks west of Springfield's public square. Then it was moved to Lincoln's tomb in OakRidge.
Ninian married Elizabeth Todd, daughter of Robert S. Todd and Eliza Parker. (Elizabeth Todd was buried in Springfield, IL 12.)