U.S. Congressman and Senator from Illinois
Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress
Governor of Illinois
(1829-1914) Born in Monticello, Wayne County, Kentucky, he moved with his father to Tazewell County, Illinois, in 1830. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1855, commenced a practice in Springfield, IL., and was elected as city attorney. He served as a member of the Illinois State House of Representatives, 1856, 1860-61, and served as Speaker of the House. Served as U.S. Congressman from Illinois, 1865-71, including the 40th U.S. Congress which was the President Andrew Johnson impeachment congress. He served as Chairman of the Committee on Territories. Went back to the Illinois State House, serving 1873-74, serving as the speaker in 1873. Was the Governor of Illinois, 1877-83. Served as U.S. Senator, 1883-1913. Was Chairman of the Committee on Expenditures of Public Money. He also served on the Committee on Interstate Commerce, and the Committee on Foreign Relations. Served as Republican Conference Chairman, 1911-13. He was Regent of the Smithsonian Institution, 1885-1913. Served as Chairman and Resident Commissioner of the Lincoln Memorial Commission, 1913-14. Was a member of the commission appointed to prepare a system of laws for the Hawaiian Islands. He is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois, the same final resting place as President Abraham Lincoln.
Autograph: 3 3/4 x 7/8, in ink, S.M. Cullom.