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Addison M. Brownlee, editor and proprietor of the Benton Standard, and postmaster, was born in Livonia, Ind., October 5, 1845, the son of Rev. James and Lavina (McClurg) Brownlee, natives respectively of Ireland and Virginia, The father moved to Kansas before the war, and later to Illinois, where he died at Carbondale. In 1861 he enlisted in Company I, Second Kansas Cavalry, and served three years as private. After the war he attended McKendree College, IlL, and the normal school at Normal, Ill. He was principal of the Shawneetown schools three years, then became one of the editors of the Tazewell County Republican at Pekin; thence to Virginia, Ill., where he conducted the Gazette. Since 1877 he has been successful with his present paper, the only Democratic paper in the county. December 19, 1876, he married Mary C., daughter of the late T. B. Cantrell. He had two sons and one daughter, the latter deceased. He is a Democrat. He was made postmaster in August, 1885. He is a Knight of Honor, and he and his wife are, religiously, Methodists.