Rees, James H.
born: April 24, 1813, in Pennsylvania;
died: September 21, 1880, in Chicago.
James H. Rees, a prominent real estate man, joined law clerk Edward A. Rucker in 1847 in Chicago's first land title abstract business. Carrying on alone after Rucker's departure from the abstract business in 1850, he partnered with Samuel B. Chase in 1852. The firm of Rees & Chase which upon Rees' departure became Chase Brothers.