THE GOVERNORS OF ILLINOIS & THEIR WIVES
AND HISTORIES

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The first Governor who presided over what was to become the State of Illinois was Ninian EDWARDS. Edwards was appointed governor of the Illinois Territory and held that office from the formation of the Territory in 1809 to Statehood in 1818.  He was a Democrat.  He was born in Montgomery County, MD on Mar 17, 1775, the son of Benjamin Edwards (1753-1829).  In 1796 he was a member of the Kentucky Legislature, Kentucky State Court Judge in 1803 and Kentucky Supreme Court Justice in 1808.  He died in Belleville, IL on Jul 20, 1833. He is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, IL.  His remains were moved there  in 1855 from an unknown location.  He married Elvira Lane.

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The first Governor of the brand new State of Illinois was Shadrach BOND from St. Clair County.  He held office from Oct 6, 1818  to 1822 and was also a Democrat.  Shadrach was born in Frederick, MD on Nov 24, 1773. He moved to Kaskaskia, IL in 1794.  At that time Kaskaskia was still in Indiana Territory.  He engaged in farming there. He was a member of the Indiana Territory Legislative Council from 1805 to 1808.  When the Illinois Territory was formed he was elected a Delegate on Oct 10, 1812 and served Dec 3, 1812 to Aug 2, 1813.  When Illinois became a state he was elected it's first Governor. On Jan 28, 1823 he was appointed Registrar of the Land Office for the District of Kaskaskia and served until his death.  He died in Kaskaskia, Randolph, IL on Apr 12, 1832 and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Chester, Randolph, IL.  Shadrach's wife was named Achsah.

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Next was Edward COLES, also a Democrat.  He took office Dec 5, 1822 and was from Madison County.  Edward Coles was born Dec 15, 1786 in Albermarle County, VA.  While attending William and Mary College he developed antislavery feelings.  He served as Personal Secretary to President James Madison from 1809 to 1815.  While serving President Madison he wrote to Thomas Jefferson and declared his intention to free his slaves.  He and one of his slaves, Ralph Crawford, gathered about 20 slaves and took them to Brownsville, PA. Near Pittsburgh he announced to the slaves that they were all free and offered each family of them 160 Acres of land each if they accompanied him to Illinois.  They were also free to decline this offer.

He settled near Edwardsville and became the Register of the Federal Land Office by being appointed by the President.   He ran for Governor in Oct 1821 on a platform of keeping Illinois a free state.  He ran against three pro slavery candidates which split the vote allowing him to win the election.  Gov. Coles addressed the General Assembly on Dec 5, 1822 and requested that they pass laws to protect the free black and outlaw slavery. As the legislature was Pro-Slavery they didn't honor his request and instead called for a referendum for a Constitution Convention to make Illinois a full Slave State.  This referendum was defeated but Gov. Coles lost all political power.  He was also sued for bringing his slaves to Illinois and moved to Philadelphia in 1832.  In 1833, at the age of 47, he married Sally Logan ROBERTS.  They had one daughter and two sons.  He died in Philadelphia July 7, 1868.

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On Dec 6, 1826, Ninian EDWARDS from Madison County again took office but this time as Governor of the State of Illinois.  See above bio.

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The fourth Governor was John REYNOLDS, Democrat from St. Clair County. He took office on Dec 6, 1830. He resigned Nov 17, 1834 to become an Illinois Representative to Congress.  John was born in Montgomery county, PA near Philadelphia on Feb 27, 1788.  In 1800 the family moved to Illinois settling near Kaskaskia.  John engaged in classical studies and the study of the Law.  He was admitted to the Bar and began the practice of Law in Cahokia, IL in 1812.  In 1818 he was elected as a Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.  Was an unsuccessful candidate for the election to the U.S. Senate in 1823.  He was a member of the Illinois State House of Representatives from 1827 to 1829. He was  Governor from Dec 6, 1830 to Nov 17, 1834 when he resigned having been elected to the U.S. Congress.  He served in the Black Hawk War as Commander of the State Militia in 1832.  He was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-Third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles Slade.  He was re-elected to the Twenty-Fourth Congress and served from Dec 1, 1834 to Mar 3, 1837.  He was unsuccessful in running for the Twenty-Fifth Congress but was successful in running as a Democrat to the Twenty-Six and Twenty-Seventh Congress serving from Dec 1, 1839 to Mar 3, 1843.  He then served again in the State House of Representatives in 1846 and 1852.  He was unsucessful in being elected to the State Senate in 1848.  He ran for State Superindentant of Schools but was not elected in 1858.  He then engaged in Newspaper Work.  He died in Belleville, St. Clair, IL on May 8, 1865.  He was buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery.  His wife was named Catherine.

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 William Lee Davidson EWING, Democrat from Fayette Co. William was born in Paris, Bourban,  KY on Aug 31, 1795.  He studied for the Law and was admitted to the Bar and practiced in Shawneetown, IL. In 1820 he was appointed by President James Monroe to be receiver of the Land Office in Vandalia. He was Brigadier General of the State Militia and Colonel of the "Spy Battalion" in the Black Hawk War.  He was a clerk of the State House of Representatives in 1826-1828.  In 1830 he was a member of the State House of Representatives.  From 1832 to 1834 he was a member of the State Senate.  In 1833 he was Acting Lt. Governor.  In 1834 he was Governor of Illinois for only 15 days before being appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy brought by the death of Elias K. Kane and served in that capacity from Dec 30, 1835 to Mar 3, 1837. He was unsuccessful as a candidate in 1837.  He was again a member of the State House of Representatives in 1838 and 1840.  He was clerk of the House of Representatives in 1842.  In 1843 he was appointed Auditor of Public Accounts. He died in Springfield, Sangamon, IL on Mar 25, 1846.  It is believe that he is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield.   William Ewing's wife was Caroline Berry.

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Joseph DUNCAN, Democrat from Morgan County took office on Dec 3, 1834.  Joseph Duncan was born in 1794 in Paris, Bourbon,  Ky. During the War of 1812 he served in the U.S. Army as Ensign in the 17th Infantry and was promoted to 1st Lt. in the 46th Infantry on Jul 16, 1814.  He moved to Illinois in 1818, settling in Kaskaskia and later in Jackson county.  He was Justice of the Peace in Jackson County from 1821 to 1823. He was appointed Major General of the State Milita in 1822 and commanded troops in the Black Hawk War in 1833. Was a member of the State Senate from 1824-1826.  Was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twentieth and the three succeeding Congress of the U.S. He resigned from Congress after being elected Governor of Illinois.  He lived in his retirement in Jacksonville, Morgan, IL.  He died in Jacksonville, IL on Jan 15, 1844 and was interred in the Diamond Grove CemeteryGov. Duncan, his wife Elizabeth and their family lived in a home built in 1834 as their Executive Mansion in Jacksonville, IL.   During Gov. Duncan's tenure in office the Chicago and Michigan Canal was begun, the State Capital was moved from Vandalia to Springfield, and the cornerstone for the First Statehouse in Springfield was laid.

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Thomas CARLIN was from Greene county and took office on Dec 7, 1838. He was also a Democrat.  He was born near Franfort, KY July 18, 1789.  He died in Carrollton, IL on Feb 14, 1852.  His burial site is unknown.  He was married to Rebecca Huitt. Read more about Thomas Carlin and his wife by clicking here

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Thomas FORD from Ogle County was the next Governor.  He was a Democrat who took office on Dec 8, 1842. Thomas was a State Court Judge in 1837 and was a Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court Judge 1841-42. He was born in Uniontown, PA on Dec 5, 1800. He died Nov 3, 1850 in Peoria and is buried in Springdale Cemetery in Peoria.  Ford County, IL is named for him.  His wife was Frances Hambaugh.

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Augustus C. FRENCH was from Crawford County.  He took office on Dec 9, 1846 and again on Jan 8, 1849.  He was reelected under the 1848 Constitution,  He too was a Democrat.  Gov. French was born in Hill, NH Aug 2, 1808.  He died in Lebanon, IL Sep 4, 1864.  He married Lucy Southwick.

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Joel Aldrich MATTESON was from Ogle County.  He was a Democrat and took office on Jan 10, 1853.  He was born in Watertown, NY on Aug 2, 1808 and died in Chicago on Jan 31, 1873.  It is unknown where he is buried.  His wife was Mary Fish.

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William Harrison BISSELL was the first Republican to serve as Governor.  He took office Jan 12, 1857 and died in office in Springfield, Sangamon on Mar 18, 1860. He was buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield.  He was succeeded by his Lt. Governor, John Wood.    He was born in Hartwick, Otsego, NY on Apr 25, 1811.  He attended the public schools there and graduated from Philadelphia Medical College in 1835.  He moved to Monroe County, IL in 1837 and practiced medicine there along with teaching school until 1840.  He was a member of the State House of Representatives from 1840 to 1842. He then studied the Law and was admitted to the Bar and practiced law in Belleville, St. Clair co., IL.  He was the Prosecuting Attorney for St. Clair county in 1844.  He served as a Colonel of the Second Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry in the Mexican War.  He was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-First and Thirty-Second Congress and as an Independant Democrat to the Thirty-Third Congress from Mar 4, 1849 to Mar 3, 1855.  His wife was Emily Susan Jones.  His father in law was Elias Kent Kane, known as the father of the Illinois Constitution.

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Lt. Governor John WOOD suceeded Governor Bissell as Governor on Mar 21, 1860.  He was from Adams County.  He was born in Moravia, NY on Dec 20, 1798.  He was a member of the Illinois State Senate in 1850 and Lt. Governor from 1857 to 1860.  He died in Quincy, IL on Jun 11, 1880. His burial place is unknown.  Ann Streeter was his wife.

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Richard YATES, Republican,  from Morgan county took office on Jan 14, 1861.  He was born in Warsaw, Gallatin, KY on Jan 18, 1815 and attended the common schools there.  He moved to Illinois in 1831 and graduated from Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL in 1835.  He studied Law at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY and was admitted to the Bar in 1837.  He practiced law in Jacksonville.  He was a member of the State House of Representatives 1842-1845 and again 1848-1849.  He was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-Second and Thirty-Third Congesses (Mar 4, 1851-Mar 3,1855).  Elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate and served from Mar 4, 1865 to Mar 3, 1871.  He died suddenly in St. Louis, Mo on Nov 27, 1873.   He is buried in Diamond Grove Cemetery in Jacksonville, IL.  He married Catherine Geers

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Richard J. OGLESBY, Republican from Macon county was next on Jan 16, 1865.  He was born in Floysburg, Oldham, KY on July 25, 1824. He was orphaned at a youg age and raised by his Uncle in  Decatur, Macon, IL. He received only limited schooling and worked as a farmer, rope maker and carpenter.   He was admitted to the Bar in 1845 and began the practice of law in Sullivan, Moultrie, IL.  He served for two years in the Mexican War as 1st Lt. in Co C, 4th Illinois Regiment.  He then spent two years mining in California then returned to Decatur and practiced law there.  He was elected to the State Senate in 1860 and served for one session before resigning to serve in the Civil War.  He served in the Union Army as Colonel, Brigadier General and Major General of the Eigth Reg., Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He served as Governor of Illinois from 1865-1869 and then was re-elected  in 1872 and served from Jan 13, 1873 to Jan 23, 1873 when he resigned to serve in the U.S. Senate for which he was also elected.  He served there from Mar 4, 1873 to  Mar 3, 1879. He declined to run for the Senate again and was elected Governor again to serve from 1885 to 1889.  He retired to his farm, "Oglehurst" in Elkhart, IL.  He died there Apr 24, 1899 and is buried in Elkhart Cemetery.  He married Emma Gillette Keays and they were the parents of  John Gillett Oglesby, born Mar 19, 1873, Decatur, Macon, IL. John was Lt. Gov. 1909-1913 and again 1917-1921. John died May 26, 1938.

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John McAuley PALMER was born at Eagle Creek, Scott county, KY on Sep 13, 1817.  He moved with his family to Madison Co., IL in 1831. He attended the common schools in Kentucky and Illinois and then attended Alton (later Shurtliff) College in 1834 and studied there for two years. He taught school, peddled clocks and studied law from 1835 to 1838.  He was admitted to the Bar in 1839 and practiced in Carlinville, IL.  He was a probate judge in Macoupin county, IL in 1843 and 1847.  County Judge from 1849-1852.  He was a member of the State Senate from 1852-1854 and again in 1856.   He was appointed Colonel of the Fourteenth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry in 1861 and was mustered out as a Major General in 1866.  He then settled in Springfield, Sangamon, IL  He was elected as a Republican to Governor and served from 1869 to 1873.  He was an unsuccessful candidate as a Democrat for Governor in 1888. He was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate and served from Mar 4, 1891 to Mar 3, 1897.  He then resumed the pracitice of law and then ran unsuccessfully as a Gold Democrat for President of the United States in 1896.  He died in Springfield, Sangamon, IL on Sep 25, 1900. He is buried in the Carlinville City Cemetery, Carlinville, IL.  He married Malinda Ann Neely.

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Richard James OGLESBY was reelected to the office and took the chair on Jan 13, 1873 for his second term as Governor.  He resigned Jan 23, 1873 to become a U.S. Senator.  He was succeed by his Lt. Governor.  See BIO above.

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Lt. Governor John Lourie BEVERIDGE took office upon the resignation of Gov. Ogelsby on Jan 23, 1873.  He was a Republican from Cook county.  He was born on July 6, 1824 in Greenwich,  Washington, NY.  He moved with his parents to DeKalb, Dekalb, IL in 1842.  He attended the Rock River Seminary in Mount Morris, Ogle, IL.  He moved to Tennessee in 1845 and taught school there until 1851.  He studied Law and was admitted to the Bar.  He entered the practice of Law and moved to Sycamore, DeKalb, IL. in 1851.  He moved to Evanston in 1854 and practiced law in Chicago.  He was appointed Major in the Eighth Illinois Cavalry on Sep 18, 1861, Colonel in the Seventeenth Illinois Cavalry in Jan 28, 1864, brevetted Brigadier General and mustered out Feb 7, 1866.  He was elected Sheriff of Cook county in 1866.  He was a member of the State Senate in 1871 until he resigned after being elected as a Republican to the Forty-Second Congress to fill the vacancy formed by John A. Logan resigning.  He served there from Nov 7, 1871 until Jan 4, 1873 when he resigned. He was  elected Lt. Gov. of Illinois in 1872 and assumed the Office of Governor when Richard J. Oglesby resigned.  In 1895 he moved to California and lived in Hollywood until his death on May 3, 1910.  He is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Chicago, IL.  His wife was Helen May Judson.

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Shelby Moore COLLUM was born in Wayne County, KY on Nov 22, 1829.  He moved, with his father, to Tazewell county, IL in 1830. He received Academic and University Training.  He moved to Springfield, IL in 1853, studied Law and was admitted to the Bar in 1855 and commenced the practice of Law in Springfield.  He was elected City Attorney of Springfield in 1855. a Republican from Sangamon county, took office on Jan 8, 1877 and again on Jan 10, 1881, having been re-elected. He resigned from his second term on Feb 8, 1883 to become a U.S. Senator. He was succeeded by his Lt. Governor.  He married Julia Fisher.

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Lt. Governor John Marshall HAMILTON, Republican from McLean County.   John was born in Union County, OH on May 28, 1847.  He was a member of the Illinois State Senate from 1877 to 1881.  From 1881 to 1883 he was Lt. Governor of Illinois and took the office of Governor upon the resignation of Gov. Collum on Feb 16, 1883 and served until 1885.  He died in Chicago, Cook, IL on Sep 22, 1905.  His burial location is unknown.  He was married to Helen Williams.

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Richard J. OGLESBY began his third term of office on Jan 30, 1885.

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Joseph Wilson FIFER of McLean county, a Republican.  He was born in Staunton, VA on Oct 28, 1840.  He served in the Union Army during the Civil War.  In 1880 he was a member of the Illinois State Senate. He took the office of Governor on Jan 14, 1889 and served until 1893.  He unsuccesfully ran for a second term. He died in Bloomington, IL on Aug 6, 1938.   He is buried in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. His wife was Gertrude Lewis.
(Note: Thanks to j.judybrown for supplying the burial place of Governor Fifer)

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John P. ALTGELD, Democrat from Cook County took office on Jan 10, 1893. John Peter Altgeld was born in 1847 in Nieder Selters, Germany.  He was brought to Ohio as an infant with his parents.  He served in the Union Army, as a private from 1865 to 1865. After the war he moved to Missouri where he became an attorney in 1871. He served as a county attorney in 1874 and 1875.  He moved to Chicago and opened his own law practice.  While in Chicago he made a fortune in Real Estate. He served as Superior Court Judge from 1886 to 1890 and as Chief Justice  in 1890-1891.  While Governor of Illinois he angered the Conservatives by pardoning the remaining Hay Market Anarchists.  He claimed that they had not received a fair trial.  During his term of office he also worked towards improving prison conditions and reforming trial and parole procedures.  He was an advocate of Child Labor Laws.  He also was opposed to using Federal Troops to end the Pullman Strike of 1894.  In his private law office he was the partner of Clarence DARROW.  He died penniless in 1902. He was married to Emma Ford.

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John Riley TANNER, Republican from Clay county.  John was born in Warrick county, IN on Apr 4, 1844. During the Civil War he served in the Union Army. In 1881 he was a member of the State Senate and from 1887 to 1891 he was the Illinois State Treasuer. He was Governor of Illinois from 1897 to 1901.  He died on May 23, 1901 in Springfield, Sangamon, IL. He is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield.  His wife was Cora Edith English.

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Richard YATES, Republican from Morgan county began serving on Jan 14, 1901. He was the son of Richard YATES who served as Governor from 1861-1865 and Catherine Geers.  He was born in Jacksonville, Morgan, IL on Dec 12, 1860.  He  attended public schools and then went to the Illinois Woman’s College, Jacksonville, Ill., 1870-1874; He was then the city editor of the Daily Courier in 1878 and 1879, and of the Daily Journal 1881-1883.  He  graduated from the Illinois College, Jacksonville, Ill., in 1880 and from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1884. He began the practice of law in Jacksonville, Ill. He was the City Attorney of Jacksonville from 1885 to 1890. Richard was a  private in Company I, Fifth Infantry, Illinois National Guard from 1885 to 1890. He served as county judge of Morgan County 1894-1897.  He was elected Governor of Illinois and served from 1901 to 1904. He served as a member of the State public utilities commission 1914-1917. Was  Assistant Attorney General of the State of Illinois in 1917 and 1918.  He then turned to Federal office and was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and to the six following Congresses (March 4, 1919-March 3, 1933). He ran again for renomination in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress and didn't win but was later appointed nominee and elected in place of Henry R. Rathbone, deceased. He lived in Harbor Springs, Mich., and Springfield, Ill.  He died in Springfield, Ill., April 11, 1936 and was buried in Diamond Grove Cemetery, Jacksonville, Ill.   He was married to Helen Wadsworth.

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Charles Samuel DENEEN, Republican from Cook county was born in Edwardsville, Madison, IL.  He was raised in Lebanon, St. Clair, IL. He graduated from McKendree College in Lebanon in 1882.  He then studied law there and also at Union College of Law (later Northwestern).  He entered the Bar in 1886 and practiced Law in Chicago. He was a member of the State House of Representatives in 1892. He then was Attorney for the Chicago Sanitary District in 1895 and 1896.  From 1896 to 1904 he was State's Attorney for Cook Co., IL. He  took the office of Governor for the first time on Jan 9, 1905 and was re-elected and took office again on Jan 18, 1909. After that he resumed the practice of Law in Chicago and then ran for the U.S. Senate.  He was elected for the term beginning Mar 4, 1925. However, before he took office he was appointed to fill a vacancy due to the death of Medill McCormick.  His term was over on Mar 3, 1925 so Charles just started his own term the next day.  He served until Mar 3, 1931. He died in Chicago on Feb 5, 1940 and was buried in Oak Woods Cemetery.  He was married to Bina Day Maloney.

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Edward Fitzsimmons DUNNE was next on Feb 3, 1913.  He was a Democrat from Cook county. He was born in Waterville, CT on Oct 12, 1853.  He was a circuit judge from 1892 to 1905. Mayor of Chicago from 1905 to 1907.  He took the office of Governor on Feb 3, 1913 until 1917.  He died May 24, 1937.  He is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Il.  His wife was Elizabeth Kelly.

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Frank Orren LOWDEN followed on Jan 8, 1917. He was a Republican from Ogle county. Frank was born in Sunrise, Chisago, MN on Jan 26, 1861. In 1868 he moved, with his parents, to Point Pleasant, Hardin, IA.  He graduated from the State University of Iowa at Iowa City in in 1885 and from the Union College of Law (now Northwestern) in Chicago in 1887.  He was admitted to the bar in 1887 and started practice in Chicago.  From 1898 to 1903 he served with the First Regiment Infantry, Illinois National Guard as Lt. Colonel. In 1899 he was a Professor of Law at Northwestern University. In 1903 he moved to Oregon, Ogle, IL. He was elected as a Republican to fill the vacancy in the Fifty-Nineth Congress caused by the death of Robert R. Hitt.  He went on to serve in the Sixtieth and Sixty-First Congesses (Nov 6, 1906 to Mar 3, 1911).  He served as Governor of Illinois from Jan 8, 1917 to 1921.  He was nominated for the Vice-Presidency in 1924 but declined.  He moved to Tucson, AZ for his health and died there on Mar 20, 1943. He was buried Graceland Cemetery in Chicago. His wife was Florence Pullman.

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Lennington "Len"  SMALL, Republican from Kankakee county served two terms. The first on Jan 10, 1921 followed on Jan 12, 1925. he was born near Kankakee on June 16, 1862. In 1920 He pardoned 20 members of the Communist Labor Party convicted under the Illinois Sedition act.  He died May 17, 1936.

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Louis L. EMERSON, Republican from Jefferson county, took office on Jan 14, 1929.

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Henry HORNER, Democrat from Cook county took office on Jan 9, 1933. He was re-elected and took office for his second term on Jan 4, 1937.  He died in office on Oct 6, 1940. His burial location is unknown.  His Lt. Governor John H. Stelle succeeded him.  He was born Nov 30, 1879.

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Lt. Governor John Henry STELLE .  He was a Democrat from Hamilton county.  He was born in McLeansboro on Aug 10, 1891.  He served in World War I in the U.S. Army.  From 1935 to 1937 he was the Illinois State Treasurer and was elected to Lt. Governor and served in that capacity from 1937 to 1940.  He took the office of Governor on Oct 6, 1940 and held that office until 1941.  He died July 5, 1962 and is buried in the City Cemetery in McLeansboro.

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Dwight Herbert GREEN was a Republican from Cook county.   He was born in Ligonier, IN on Jan 9, 1897.  During World War I he served in the U.S. Army.  He was U.S. Attorney in Illinois from 1932 to 1935.  He took the office of Governor on Jan 13, 1941 and was re-elected and began his second term on Jan 8, 1945 and served until 1949.  He died Feb 20, 1958.

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Adlai Ewing STEVENSON took office on Jan 10, 1949.  He was a Democrat from Lake county.  He was born in Los Angeles, CA on Feb 5, 1900.   The family moved to Bloomington, IL where he was raised.  In 1928 he married Ellen Borden and they were divorced in 1948. They had three sons.  He was educated at the Choate School, Princeton, Harvard and Northwestern.  He graduated Princeton in 1922 and received his law degree from Northwestern in 1926. He was Governor of Illinois from 1949 to 1953. He unsuccessfully ran for President in 1952 and again in 1956.  He was U.S. Representative to the United Nations from 1961 to 1965.  While in London, England he had a heart attack and died there in St. George's Hospital on July 14, 1965.  He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Bloomington, IL

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William Grant STRATTON, Republican from Grundy county, took office on Jan 12, 1953.  He was re-elected and assumed office for his second term on Jan 14, 1957.  He was born in Ingleside, IL on Feb 26, 1914.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

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Otto KERNER, Democrat from Cook county took office for his first term on Jan 9, 1961.  He was re-elected and took office for his second term on Jan 11, 1965. He resigned from office and was succeeded by his Lt. Governor.  He was born in Chicago, Cook, IL on Aug 15, 1908. He served in World War II. He served as a  U.S. Court of Appeals Judge in Illinois from 1968 to 1974.  He was tried and convicted of Bribery and served time in a Federal Prison.  He was sentenced to a three year term for race track fraud in 1974. Was parolled after being diagnosed with Cancer and he died on May 8, 1976 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Lt. Governor Samuel H. SHAPIRO, Democrat from Kankakee county, assumed the office of Governor on May 21, 1968.

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Richard B. OGILVIE, Republican from Cook county, took office on Jan 13, 1969.

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Daniel WALKER, Democrat from Lake county assumed office on Jan 8, 1973.

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James R. THOMPSON, Republican from Cook county, served for four terms. His first began on Jan 10, 1977, the second on Jan 8, 1979, third on Jan 10, 1983 and his last on Jan 12, 1987.

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James R. "Jim" EDGAR, Republican from Coles county, took office on Jan 14, 1991 and was re-elected and took office for his second term on Jan 9, 1995.  He was born in Vinita, Ok on July 22, 1946.  He lived in Charleston, IL where he received his education in the public schools.  He went to college at Eastern Illinois University and majored in History, graduating in 1968.   He served in the Illinois House of Representatives being elected from the 53rd Legislative District in 1976 and was re-elected in 1978.  In Jan 1981 he was appointed to fill the vacancy of Secretary of State and was elected to that office in Nov 1982 and again four years later.  He married Brenda Smith of Anna, IL in 1967.

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George H. RYAN assumed office on Jan 11, 1999.  He is a Republican from Kankakee county.  He was elected as the 39th Governor of Illinois on Nov. 3, 1998.  Gov. Ryan was born in Feb 14 1934, third child of Thomas and Jeanette Ryan. He is a lifelong resident of Kankakee and a Pharmacist.  He served for 10 years in the State Legislature (1973-1983), Lt. Governor from 1983 to 1991 and as Secretary of State from 1991 to his taking the office of Governor.  He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Korea.  In 1956 he married his high school Sweetheart Lura Lynn LOWE.  They are the parents of one son and five daughters which include triplets.  They have thirteen grandchildren.

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ROD R. BLAGOJEVICH was born in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, December 10, 1956. Attended Foreman High School, Chicago, Ill, then graduated with a B.A. from Northwestern University in 1979. Earned a law degree from Pepperdine University. Malibu, Calif. in 1983. Was a lawyer in private practice before working as a Cook County Assistant State's Attorney from 1986-1988. Was a member of the Illinois state house of representatives, 1993-1996; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Fifth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1997-January 3, 2003); not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Eighth Congress in 2002. He was elected the 40th governor of Illinois in November 2002 and sworn in January 13, 2003. He is married to Patti, with 2 children. (Sources: http://www.allamericanpatriots.com/m-wfsection+article+articleid-197.html and http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=B000518)

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