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William G. Stratton, Governor (1914 - 2001)

William Grant Stratton (February 26, 1914 – March 2, 2001), known as "Billy the Kid", was the 32nd Governor of Illinois from 1953 to 1961, succeeding Adlai Stevenson II in that office. Bor...

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Dwight H. Green, Governor (1897 - 1958)

Dwight Herbert Green (January 9, 1897 – February 20, 1958) was the 30th Governor of the US state of Illinois, serving from 1941 to 1949. From childhood to early adulthood Green was born in...

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John Henry Stelle, Governor (1891 - 1962)

John Henry Stelle (August 10, 1891 in McLeansboro, Illinois – July 5, 1962 in St. Louis, Missouri) was a U.S. political figure. He served as the 34th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois for more...

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Frank O. Lowden, Governor (1861 - 1943)

Frank Orren Lowden (January 26, 1861 – March 20, 1943) was a Republican Party politician from Illinois, who served as the 25th Governor of Illinois and as a United States Representatives from ...

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Charles S. Deneen, Governor, U.S. Senator (1863 - 1940)

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 Illi...

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John Peter Altgeld, Governor (1847 - 1902)

John Peter Altgeld (December 30, 1847 – March 12, 1902) was the 20th Governor of the U.S. state of Illinois, from 1893 until 1897. He was the first Democratic governor of that state since the ...

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Joseph W. Fifer, Governor (1840 - 1938)

Joseph Wilson Fifer (October 28, 1840 – August 6, 1938) was the 19th Governor of Illinois, serving from 1889 to 1893. He also served as a member of the Illinois Senate, 1881–83. ...

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John Marshall Hamilton, Governor (1847 - 1905)

John Marshall Hamilton (May 28, 1847 – September 22, 1905) was the 18th Governor of Illinois, serving from 1883 to 1885.

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Shelby Moore Cullom, Governor (1829 - 1914)

Shelby Moore Cullom (November 22, 1829 – January 28, 1914) was a U.S. political figure, serving in various offices, including the United States House of Representatives, the United States Sena...

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John Wood, Governor (1798 - 1880)

) John Wood (December 20, 1798 – June 11, 1880) was the 12th Governor of Illinois, serving from March 18, 1860, to January 14, 1861. Wood was a founder and the first settler of Quincy, Illinoi...

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Joel Aldrich Matteson, Governor (1808 - 1873)

Joel Aldrich Matteson (August 8, 1808 – January 31, 1873) was the tenth Governor of Illinois, serving from 1853 to 1857. In 1855, he became the first governor to reside in the Illinois Executi...

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Augustus C. French, Governor (1808 - 1864)

Augustus Chaflin French (August 2, 1808 - September 4, 1864) was the ninth Governor of the U.S. state of Illinois from 1846 until 1853. He is best known for his fiscal policies, which eliminated the ...

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Thomas Ford, Governor (1800 - 1850)

) Thomas Ford (December 5, 1800 – November 3, 1850) was the eighth Governor of Illinois, and served in this capacity from 1842 to 1846. A Democrat, he is remembered largely for his involvement...

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Gov. Joseph Duncan, U.S. Congress (1794 - 1844)

Joseph Duncan (February 22, 1794 – January 15, 1844) was an Illinois politician. He served as the sixth Governor of Illinois from 1834 to 1838, the only Whig to ever govern the state. Before b...

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Gov. William Lee D. Ewing, US Senator (1795 - 1846)

William Lee Davidson Ewing (August 31, 1795 – March 25, 1846) was a politician from Illinois who served partial terms as the fifth governor of the state and as U.S. Senator. Ewing was born i...

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John Reynolds, Governor (1788 - 1865)

) John Reynolds (February 26, 1788 – May 8, 1865) was a United States politician from the state of Illinois. He was one of the original four justices of the Illinois Supreme Court, 1818–...

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Gov. Shadrack Bond, US Congress (1773 - 1832)

Shadrach Bond (November 24, 1773 – April 12, 1832) was a representative from Illinois Territory to the United States Congress. In 1818, he was elected the first Governor of Illinois, becoming ...

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Gov. William H. Bissell, US Congress MP (1811 - 1860)

William Henry Bissell (April 25, 1811 – March 18, 1860) was the 11th Governor of the U.S. state of Illinois from 1857 until his death. He was one of the first successful Republican Party candi...

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Thomas Carlin, Governor MP (1789 - 1852)

Thomas Carlin (July 18, 1789 – February 14, 1852) was the seventh Governor of Illinois, serving from 1838 to 1842. Born in 1789 in Frankfort, Kentucky, Carlin removed from Kentucky to Madison ...

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Louis L. Emmerson, Governor MP (1863 - 1941)

Louis Lincoln Emmerson (December 27, 1863 – February 4, 1941) was a Republican and the twenty-ninth governor of Illinois. He was born in Albion, Illinois on December 27, 1863. After completing...

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Adlai Stevenson, Governor MP (1900 - 1965)

Gov. Aldlai E. Stevenson, II was the grandson of Vice President Aldlai Ewing Stevenson and the son of Illinois Secretary of State Lewis G. Stevenson. Adlai II was born Feb. 5, 1900 in Los Angeles, Ca...

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Henry Horner MP (1879 - 1940)

Henry Horner (November 30, 1878[1] – October 6, 1940) was the 28th Governor of Illinois, serving from 1933 to 1940, when he died in office. Horner was the first Jewish governor of Illinois. Co...

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Brevet Brig General John L. Beveridge (USA), Governor MP (1824 - 1910)

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General, 17th Illinois Governor, US Congressman. Served as Major and commander of the 8th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, and as Colonel and commander of the 17th Illin...

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Gen. John M. Palmer (USA), Governor, US Senator MP (1817 - 1890)

) John McAuley Palmer (September 13, 1817 – September 25, 1900), was an Illinois resident, an American Civil War General who fought for the Union, the 15th Governor of Illinois, and presidenti...

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Richard James Oglesby, Maj. Gen. (USA), Gov., "Uncle Dick" MP (1824 - 1899)

Richard James Oglesby (July 25, 1824 – April 24, 1899) was a U.S. soldier and political figure. He served in the Mexican-American War and was a major general in the Union Army during the Ameri...

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Richard Yates, Jr., Governor MP (1860 - 1936)

) Richard Yates, Jr. (December 12, 1860 – April 11, 1936) was the 22nd Governor of Illinois from 1901 to 1905. From 1919 to 1933, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois. ...

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Richard Yates, Governor, U.S. Senator MP (1815 - 1873)

) Richard Yates (January 18, 1815 – November 27, 1873) was the Governor of Illinois during the American Civil War and has been considered the greatest war governor during that period. When the...

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Ninian Edwards, Gov'r, Terr. Gov'r, US Senator MP (1775 - 1833)

Ninian Edwards (March 17, 1775 – July 20, 1833) was a founding political figure of the state of Illinois. He served as the first and only governor of the Illinois Territory from 1809 to 1818, ...

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Edward Coles MP (1786 - 1868)

Second Governor of Illinois Edward Coles (December 15, 1786 – July 7, 1868) manumitted his slaves in 1819, was secretary to James Madison (1810 to 1815), neighbor and anti-slavery associate of...

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