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From the library of

Walter Colyer

Albion, Illinois

Purchased 1926

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Is not debatable, but the compiler of the Legislative
Directory for 1897 begs leave to exercise his privilege
under the rules and close the debate. The edition of
1895 was so well received by persons interested in
Illinois and the men who have made Illinois the
greatest and most influential among the galaxy of
American states, that I have been to considerable
expense in time and money to verify the data pub-
lished in 1895. Not exceeding half a dozen errors
were discovered, and the present edition is presented
as being accurate.

Where so many men of many minds meet in an
assembly it is impossible to bring all of them to a
common center, viz : To realize the value of a work
of this kind. This is the only excuse I offer for fail-
ing to secure portraits of every member of the For-
tieth General Assembly. However, seventy-five per
cent of the members are represented by portraits, and
an epitome of the life of every one is given.

Thanking my friends for valuable assistance,

Springfield, 111., March, 1897.




John Riley Tanner was born April
4. 1844, in Warrick Co., Intl., the par-
ticular site of his birth being a log
house three miles from Boonville. He
attended the common school of his
neighborhood and worked on the farm
of his father, acquiring the rudiments
of a pioneer education. There were
live males in the family, father and
four sons, and every one offered his
life for his country in the civil war.
The mother died at Carboudale, 111.,
in 1863. The father enlisted in the
14th 111. Cav., Avas captured and ended
his life in a rebel prison pen in Colum-
bus, Miss. Albert Tanner volunteered
in the 26th Ky. Inf., was severely
wounded in battle, and died in Nash-
ville, Tenn., in 1863. Frederick en-
listed in the 13th 111. Cav., and died in
a hospital in Pine Bluff, Ark., in 1864.
.1. M. Tanner was also a member of
the 13th 111. Cav., served with distinc-
tion through the war, and Avas mus-
tered out a lieutenant in rank in 1865.

John R. Tanner entered Co. A, 9Sth
111. Inf., in 1863, and served until
June, 1865, when he was transferred
to Co. K., 61st Inf., and was mustered
out in September, 1865. He served
in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and
Georgia. It is the united testimony
of the comrades who marched and
fought with John R. Tanner that a
better and braver soldier never wore
the Union blue. He never shirked a
duty or avoided a danger. Gener-
ous to a fault, he shared his blanket
and crust with a needy comrade, and
under the deadly fire of rebel guns,
where men became iron with nerves
of steel, John R. Tanner never flinched
nor showed his back to an enemy.

Returning to Illinois, Gov. Tanner
purchased sixty acres of land in Clay
county, for which he paid $600. Tak-
ing for a wife Miss Lauretta Ingra-
hain, he began farming. This was
his occupation in 1870, when he was
elected sheriff of Clay county. This
was followed by a term as circuit
clerk, at the close of which he again
engaged in farming and in the real
estate business. In 1880 he was
elected to the state senate from the
44th district, redeeming both his own
county of Clay and the senatorial dis-
trict from the democracy. During
his senatorial term he engaged in saAy-
ing lumber in partnership with his
brother. J. 31. Tanner, continuing in
this business until 1886, when he was
elected state treasurer. receiA'ing 276.-
680 votes to 240.864 for Henry F. J.
Ricker. democrat. It was one of the
largest majorities eA T er given a state
officer in Illinois, being exceeded. IIOAA -
ever, by the phenomenal majorities
for the state candidates in 1894,

which, in part, at least, Avere due to
Gov. Tanner, then chairman of the re-
publican state committee, and man-
ager of the campaign.

For about a year Gov. Tanner was
U. S. marshal for the Southern Dis-
trict of Illinois by appointment of
President Arthur, and tor about the
same time member of the Railroad
and Warehouse Commission, by ap-
pointment of Gov. Fifer. Resigning
the latter office he was shortly there-
after made by President Harrison,
Assistant United States Treasurer at
Chicago, which responsible and im-
portant office he held until the demo-
cratic appointee succeeded him.

In the many responsible and honor-
able positions held by Gov. Tanner
prior to his election as governor, he
demonstrated his business capacity
and his faithful attention to details.
He ably and honestly discharged
eA r ery trust reposed in him by the peo-
ple. He is a prodigious worker. He
knows that a sluggard cannot succeed
in business or politics any more than
a lazy general can win battles. Hence,
he never saved himself, and labored
early and late, giving minute attention
to the details of his business or the
duties of the office he held.

Reluctant to enter upon the race
for governor in 1896, and becoming a
candidate only upon the earnest solic-
itation of many prominent and influ-
ential republicans, once in he AA r as in
to win, and not to lose. The spring
campaign in 1896 preceding the repub-
lican state convention was marked by
an almost unanimous desire for Gov.
Tanner to head the ticket in Illinois.
County after county instructed its del-
egates to the state com'ention for him,
and long before the convention met it
Avas absolutely certain that he would
be named for governor on the first
ballot. Early in the contest, which
was good-natured from start to finish,
there AA r ere no less than six avowed
candidates for governor, and a score
more were hoping for an opening in
the competition. GOA T . Tanner was
named on the first ballot by an over-
Avhelming majority oA T er all in the
largest convention 'of republicans that
ever gathered in Illinois.

He made a magnificent canvass of
the state, but received a set-back by
an accident at Ouincy early in the
campaign, when the horses attached
to his carriage ran away. Almost
every county AA\IS A'isited, and h'e was
elected bv on enormous maiority, re-
ceiving 587.637 votes to 474,256 for
John P. Alteeld. the candidate of the
democrats and populists, who com-
bined on ex-GoA r . Altgeld.

In 1887 Gov. Tanner lost his wife
by death. leaA'ins: to his care a son
and daughter. December, 1896, Gov.
Tanner married Miss Cora Edith Eng-
lish, an accomplished and highly con
nected lady of Springfield.

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William A. Northcott, Lieutenant-
Governor and President of the Sen-
ate, was born in Murphysboro, Ten-
nessee. At the breaking ont of the
war his father, Gen. R. S. Northcott,
was compelled to leave his home on
account of his Union sentiments, and
went to West Virginia, where he ac-
cepted a commission as colonel and
served during the entire war, nine
months of which he spent in Libby

William A. Northcott received his
education in the public schools and at
the United States naval academy at

elected Head Consul of the Modern
Woodmen of America, a fraternal in-
surance society which has a member-
ship in the northwestern states of
230,00070,000 of the number being
in the state of Illinois. To this same
position which he now holds, he has
been twice unanimously reflected.
In 1892 Mr. Northcott was the repub-
lican candidate for congress in the old
Eighteenth congressional district of
Illinois, commonly called "Morrison's
District." and which contained the
cities of Belleville, East St. Louis and
Alton. While Mr. Northcott was de-
feated in the democratic landslide of
that year, yet he conducted his cam-
paign in such manner as to gain him
a state reputation. He received the


Annapolis. He taught school for a
time, meantime reading law, and was
admitted to the bar in 1877, continuing
his practice after he removed to Illi-
nois in 1879. In 1880 President
Hayes appointed him Supervisor of
Census for the Seventh Illinois Dis-
trict. In 1882 he was elected state's
attorney of Bond county by a majority
of 252; was reflected in 1884 by a
majority of 383; and was again
elected to the same office in 1888 by a
majority of 513. In 1890 President
Harrison appointed him a member of
the Board of Visitors to the United
Slates Naval Academy at Annapolis,
and he was selected by the Board to
deliver the oration to the graduating
class. In November, 1890, he was

nomination for lieutenant - governor
from the republican state convention
in June, 189(5, and at the election fol-
lowing received a majority of over
137,000 votes being credited with a
total of 601,829 to 404,475 for M C.
Crawford, democrat-populist. Gover-
nor Northcott made a magnificent
campaign in 1896, speaking in nearly
every county in the state.

March 31, 1880, Gov. Northcott mar-
ried the daughter of Senator Dresser,
of the present senate. Mrs. Northcott
died in about a year, leaving a son,
Nathaniel Dresser Northcott. Gov.
Northcott's present wife w r as Miss
Ada Stoutzenberg. of Marine. Madison
county, and they have one child




The General Assembly for the State
of Illinois operates under a constitu-
tion adopted by the people in 1870
the fourth instrument of the kind that
has been submitted to the people, and
the third that has been ratified and
adopted the constitution of 1802 hav-
ing been rejected at the polls. The
general assembly meets biennially at
noon on the first Wednesday after the
first Monday in January in odd-num-
bered years. It consists of a senate
and a house of representatives num-
bering on joint ballot, 204. This is
the Fortieth General Assembly.



The Senate consists of 51 members,
w ho are elected for four years, or two
regular sessions. Senators from the
odd-numbered districts are elected at
the same time as state treasurer and
superintendent of public instruction
1880, 1890. 1894, etc. Senators from
even-numbered districts are elected in
presidential years, 1888, 1892, 189(5,
etc. Until the present session of 1897
senators received $5 per diem during
the session, $50 for stationery and 10
cents a mile for the actual distance
from their homes to the state capital.
By a law enacted in 1895 senators re-
ceive $1,000 for each regular session,
stationery and mileage extra, and $5
per diem for special sessions. The new
law does not apply to senators elected
in 1894. The districts represented in
the present General Assembly were
organized in 1893 by the democrats.
The senate of 1895 consisted of 18
democrats and 33 republicans. The
senate of 1897 consists of 39 republi-
cans, 11 democrats and 1 populist.



The House of Representatives con-
sists of 153 representatives, elected
from 51 districts, every two years in
November. They receive $1,000 for
every regular session, and $50 for sta-
tionery and 10 cents a mile for the
actual distance from their homes to
the state capital. The system of mi-
nority representation maintains in Illi-
nois. A voter is entitled to 3 votes
for representative, and' he can vote
one for each of three candidates, 1%
votes for two candidates, or he can
plump his three votes for one candi-
date. The present house was elected
in 1890 and consists of 88 republicans,
01 democrats and 4 populists. The
house in 1895 consisted of 92 republi-
cans and 01 democrats. The demo-
crats and populists combined their
votes in many districts in 1890.

Biographies preceded by an * are
not accompanied by portraits.



The following state senators elected
in 1890 hold over for the session 01

2. Selon H. Case, rep.

4. Daniel F. Curley, dem.

o. William Sullivan, rep.

8. Flavel K. Granger, rep.
10. Delos W. Baxter, rep.
12. Homer F. Aspiiiwali, rep.
14. Henry H. Evans, rep.
10. Isaac Miller Hamilton, rep.
18. Charles Bogardus, rep.
20. Robert B. Fort, rep.
22. Geo. W. Stubblefield, rep.
24. James U. Putnam, rep.
20. W. Scott Edwards, rep.
28. Orville F. Berry, rep.
i>0. Henry M. Diimap, rep.
32. Arthur A. Leeper, dem.
34. Edward McCoimel, dem.
30. William L. Mounts, dem.
38. Nathaniel Dresser, peo.
40. Stauton C. Peruberton, rep.
42. diaries E. Hull, dem.
44. John Landrigan, dem.
40. Joseph T. Payne, dem.
48. Albert C. Bellinger, rep.
50. Walter Warder, rep.
Republicans, 17; democrats, 7; pop-
ulist, 1.



The following senators were re-
elected in 1890:

Aspinwall, Evans, Bogardus, Berry,
Dumap and Leeper. Senators Curley,
Mounts and McConnel were members
or' the house in '95. Senator Granger
was a member of the house in '73-5-7-
9. Senator Laudrigan was a member
of the house in '09 and '75, and the
senate in '71. Senator Sparks was a
member of the house in '89. Senator
Warder was a member of the house
in '93.

The following members of the hotise
were reflected in November, 1890:

Miller, Buckner, Boyd, Thiemann,
Shanahan, Walleck, Noling, Bovey.
Schubert, Schwab, Stoskopf, Cavan-
augh, Novak, Bryan, Curtis, Morris.
Glade, Briguadello, Bailey, Hammers,
Fred Busse, McGuire, Revell, Barrick-
low, Sharrock, Cochran, Needles, Far-
rell, George Murray, O'Donnell, Kil-
course, Payne, Olson, Huffman,
Daugherty, Merrill, Murdock, Steen,
Kincheloe, Merriam, Perry, J. W.
Johnson, Selby, Wylie, McLauchlan,
Wilson, Guttiu, Ely, Branen, Barnes,
and Perrottet.

Mr. Nohe was a member in '93; Mr.
Bartling was in the senate in '93-5.
Mr. O'Shea was a member in '83. Mr.
Craig was a member of the house in
'89-91 senate '93-95. Mr. C. C. John-
son was a member of the house '85-87.
Mr. Anderson was a member of the
house '89-91-93. Mr. Allen was a
member of the house '85-7-9-91.





Col. Hendrick V. Fisher (rep.), of
Geneseo, 33d district, president pro
teiupore of the senate, and in event of
death or resignation of the lieutenant-
governor, the successor of the latter
under the constitution, is now serving
his third term. He was born in
Wilkesbarre, Pa., October 15, 1846, and
received a good education at Wyoming
Seminary, Pennsylvania. After his
school days he entered the general
offices of the D., L. & W. R. R., as
clerk. In '08 he came west to Aurora,
Illinois, where he engaged in the busi-
ness of general merchandise. Later
he embarked in the manufacture of
stoves and hardware and moved to
Geneseo in 18G9.

1889 he was chairman of the Commit-
tee on Railroads, one of the most im-
portant in the house. He made a
strong plea for a western hospital for
the insane to be located in northwest-
ern Illinois. The bill died on third
reading. However, the measure be-
came a law during the session of 1895,
Senator Fisher's first year in the state
senate. The hospital is located near
Rock Island, in his district. He was,
'89-'93, appointed by Gov. Fifer colonel
and aide-de-camp on his staff.

Senator Fisher has been one of the
leaders on his side of the chamber at
every session of which he has been a
member. He has always been a stal-
wart republican, and has been a prom-
inent figure in state politics for many
years. He was elected to the senate


In 1800 Mr. Fisher married Miss Ab-
bie F. Steele, of Geueseo, and they
have three handsome little girls.

Mr. Fisher was a member of the
house in '87, and though it was his first
experience in the legislature he was
given charge of the important commit-
tee of Canal and River Improvement.
At that time there Avas strong talk of
making a ship waterway between the
Mississippi river and Lake Michigan.
Mainly through his effoi-ts the General
Assembly passed a bill ceding to the
federal government all the locks and
dams on the Illinois and Michigan
canal, for the purposes indicated.
Work has begun on the Hennepin ca-
luil. and it is possible that the original
intentions may yet be carried out. In

in 1894 by the large majority of 8,174
over his democratic opponent, al-
though President Harrison carried the
district by only 3,000 in 1892. He was
chosen president pro tern pore in the
republican caucus in January, 1897.
by acclamation. In the chair Senator
Fisher is entirely fair and impartial.
He has tlms far made a most excel-
lent impression on all senators.

Senator Fisher's great-grandfather
was a Hollander, came to- America in
1720, was President of the first Pro-
vincial Congress of New Jersey and
chairman of the Committee of Safety.
He was one of the founders of the
Dutch Reformed church of America,
and prominent in establishing Rutgers
College, New Jersey.





Edward C. Curtis (rep.), of Grant
Park, Speaker of the house, is probably
the youngest man ever chosen to the
position of speaker in this state. He
was born in Yellowhead township,
Kankakee county, August 12, 186o.
He is a son of Alonzo and Elizabeth
(Campbell) Curtis. The Curtis fam-
ily has nearly two centuries of hon-
orable history in America, and were
among the early settlers at the head
of Lake Champlain. The Battle of
Bennington was fought on the old
Curtis homestead. Alonzo Curtis
came to Illinois in 1852 and engaged
in farming. About 1870 he removed
to Grant Park and entered the mer-
cantile business.

After completing his studies in the

sion was endorsed by his people, and
he was returned to the present house
by an increased majority, receiving
tiie nomination in convention by ac-
clamation. He made a thorough cam-
paign in his district for the republi-
can ticket and spoke at many places
outside of the district. He was made
a candidate for speaker by his friends
last .January, the morning of the re-
publican house caucus. Before night
all the other candidates had with-
drawn in his favor, and he was ac-
corded the unusual distinction of be-
ing nominated by acclamation. Mr.
Curtis is a member of the Methodist
Episcopal church, a Knight Templar.
Odd Fellow. Modern Woodman, and
other societies. He is not married.

As a speaker he is as fair as it is
possible for a partisan to be when


village, Ed Curtis spent some years at
DuPauw University, Greencastle, Ind..
and Northwestern University, Evans-
ton, 111. In vacations he clerked in
his father's store, and after college
he took charge of this branch of his
father's business. A banking depart-
ment was soon afterwards added, and
the Grant Park Banking Co. organized,
of which Ed C. Curtis became cashier,
a position he now holds.

Although active in politics Mr. Cur-
tis never held an office until 1895,
when, as a member of the house, he
took a pronounced stand in favor of
economy in public expenditures and
in opposition to legislative corruption.
The record he made during that ses-

conf routed by able political opponents.
His thorough knowledge of parlia-
mentary law and practice has been
demonstrated on more than one occa-
sion. In order to facilitate business
and close the labors of the session,
Speaker Curtis instituted a much-
needed reform in the Illinois house
on April 7. The democratic side re-
fused to vote, thus breaking a quorum,
and Speaker Curtis noted on the jour-
nal the names of eighteen democrats
who were present and not voting.
He has surprised political friend and
foe by exhibiting a thorough knowl-
edge of parliamentary law and prac-
tice. He is a member of the Delta
Kappa Epsilon fraternity.




Henry H. Evans (rep.), of Aurora,
14th district, is the oldest member of
the General Assembly in consecutive
service. He was elected to the house
of representatives in 1876, and in 1880
was promoted to the senate. His re-
election followed regularly in 1884,
1888, 1892, and 1896, and when Sena-
tor Evans completes his present term
he will have served continuously for
twenty years in the state senate. Only
once during all that time was there
serious opposition to his reelection by
democrats or republicans, and that
was in 1888, when an independent re-
publican ran against him. Senator
Evans' majority, however, was about
the usual size. His majority in 1896
was almost 10,000.

Senator Evans took a prominent
part. The senatorial contest be-
tween Gen. John A. Logan and
Col. Wm. R. Morrison in 1885 was one
of the most prolonged battles of its
kind, and several members died be-
fore the deadlock was finally settled.
The General Assembly was a tie on
joint ballot. At that time Senator
Evans' advice was sought and heeded
on many occasions. The battle of
1891 when the three farmers held the
balance of power in the General As-
sembly between the two great parties
tried the stalwart republicanism of
Senator Evans. Many of the republi-
can leaders, eager to defeat a demo-
crat for United States senator, were so
anxious to accomplish that end that
they attempted to force republicans
to vote for A. J. Streeter, populist.
But Senator Evans, at the head of a


Senator Evars was born in Toronto.
Canada, March 9. 1836, and in 1841
his parents moved to Aurora, taking
him with them.

His record in the Illinois legislature
is a long and honorable one. At every
session he was not only prominent
but one of the leaders who made and
unmade laws for the people of Illinois.
At every session excepting one. he
was the leader of the controlling
element in the senate. Some of
the greatest legislative battles ever
fought have been witnessed in Spring-
field, and in every one of them

determined old guard, declared he
never would vote for Streeter, even if
the caucus decided for him. At the
same time he was willing to vote for
any republican the caucus might se-
lect. His constituents endorsed his
action by returning him to the senate
the next year by an increased major-
ity. Senator Evans is financially in-
terested in real estate and corporate
property in Kane and Cook counties
to a large extent. He is very influen-
tial in the senate, and his long exper-
ience in state affairs has given him a
wide acquaintance with public men.



Col. Charles Bogardus (rep.), of
Paxton. 18th district, one of the old-
est members in point of consecutive
service, was born in Cayuga county,
New York, March 28, 1841, and at the
age of six was left an orphan. In
a "catch-as-catch-can" way he ob-
tained a fair common school education
and began working in a country store
at the age of twelve. For nine years
he practiced industry and frugality,
meantime learning from school books
and the wider school, the world, prac-
tical lessons. In 1862 he enlisted as
a private in the 151st New York infan-
try; was elected first lieutenant of his

in farm lands as buyer and seller, and
himself owns and operates many mag-
nificent farms in the fertile prairies
of eastern-central and northern Illi-
nois. Col. Bogardus is a practical
farmer: the latest improvements in
machinery and modern methods are
employed on his property.

In 181)2 Col. Bogardus married Miss
Hannah W. Pells, of Orleans county,
N. Y. They have but one child living.

Senator Bogardus has a long and
honorable record in Illinois politics
beginning with his first session in the
Illinois house in 1885. an experience
that tried every member as Avith fire.
It was the famous session when Gen.
Logan and Col. Morrison so long
fought for election as United States


con pany, and his conduct was such
that he was soon promoted to a cap-
taincy. Later on he was promoted to

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