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About Charles Samuel Deneen
Charles Samuel Deneen (May 4, 1863 – February 5, 1940) was the 23rd Governor of Illinois, serving from 1905 to 1913, and was the first to serve two terms. He served as a U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1925–1931. Deneen also served as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives in 1892. He had also been the lead prosecutor in Chicago's infamous Adolph Luetgert murder trial.
Deneen was born in Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois to Samuel H. Deneen and Mary Frances Ashley. He was raised in Lebanon, Illinois, and graduated from McKendree College in Lebanon in 1882. He subsequently studied law at McKendree and at Union College of Law, while supporting himself by teaching school, and was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1886. On May 10, 1891, he married fellow Methodist Bina Day Maloney in Princeton, Illinois. His electoral career began soon thereafter, with election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1892.
Deneen died in Chicago on February 5, 1940, and was interred there in the Oak Woods Cemetery. Deneen Elementary School was named in his honor and is located in south Chicago next to the Dan Ryan Expressway, not far from Al Capone's home on South Prairie.