Louis L. Emmerson, Governor

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Louis Lincoln Emmerson

Birthplace: Albion, Edwards County, Illinois, United States
Death: February 04, 1941 (77)
Mount Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois, United States
Place of Burial: Oakwood Cemetery
Immediate Family:

Son of Jesse E. Emmerson and Fannie Emmerson
Husband of Anna Emmerson
Father of Dorothea Watson; Anne Emmerson and Aline Emmerson
Brother of Louise King
Half brother of Morris Burbick Emmerson and Charles Emmerson

Occupation: merchant and banker, Governor
Managed by: Private User
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About Louis L. Emmerson, Governor


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 his education in the Albion public school system, Emmerson moved to Mount Vernon, Illinois in 1883, and established a career in the mercantile business. He also was influential in the organization of the Mount Vernon Third National Bank, which occurred in 1901. Emmerson entered politics in 1912, as an unsuccessful candidate for state treasurer. However, four years later, he was victorious in his election for secretary of state, an office he held for twelve years. Emmerson won the 1928 Republican gubernatorial nomination by a margin of 63% to 37% over the incumbent governor, the corrupt Len Small, and was sworn into the governorship on January 14, 1929. During his tenure, he faced mounting difficulties resulting from the Great Depression. Taxpayers were granted some relief when legislation was adopted that eased penalties on overdue taxes and allowed for the issuance of emergency bonds. Also, a motor fuel-tax was instituted and used for improvements in the highway system, the first unemployment commission was initiated, and federal grants were sanctioned for the completion of the Lakes-to-the-Gulf Waterway. Emmerson did not seek reelection and left office on January 9, 1933, retiring from politics. Governor Louis L. Emmerson died on February 4, 1941, and was buried at the Oakwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

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Louis L. Emmerson, Governor's Timeline

December 27, 1863
Albion, Edwards County, Illinois, United States
July 1893
August 1896
Age 36
Mt Vernon, Jefferson, Illinois
Age 39
Mount Vernon, , Illinois
Age 56
Mt Vernon, Jefferson, Illinois
- 1933
Age 65
February 4, 1941
Age 77
Mount Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois, United States