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Richard J. Oglesby papers

 Collection — Box: 64
Identifier: MS-SC1120

Scope and Contents

Letters, documents and journal. Letters discuss opposition to the power of the railroad companies, Abraham Lincoln's character and his friendship with him, Illinois and National politics, family affairs, his first meeting with General Ulysses Grant at Cairo, Ill. in 1861, letter of recommendation to President Johnson for Brigadier General A.A. Smith of Illinois, and a letter acknowledging an invitation to Army of the Cumberland Reunion in Decatur, 1870. Letters to Jackson Grimshaw, General Grant, Jehu Baker and General Leonard F. Ross discuss politics and political appointments. Several discuss the appointment of Baker as Minister to Berlin, but subsequently he must settle for minister to Venezuela. Numerous appointments and commissions signed by Oglesby. Part of his journal kept while abroad giving descriptions of the land, museums, castles and people he experienced while in England, Ireland and Scotland, handwritten and typescript. Very frank opinions.


  • Created: 1856 - 1924


Biographical / Historical

Richard J. Oglesby was an officer in the Civil War and seriously wounded, eventually promoted to major general, elected to governor of Illinois in 1864, 1872 and 1884, and ten days after his 1885 term began, resigned after being chosen by the Illinois Republican party for the senate. He had been an orphan and a self taught lawyer when he went to California in 1849 and came back rich from the gold fields. He speculated in land and became interested in politics. In 1856 he toured Europe. He was a friend of Abraham Lincoln and strongly anti-slavery. After retiring from politics he stayed at his home in Elkhart, Illinois with his wife, Emma Gillett Keays Oglesby.


1 folder (1 folder : .5 linear inches (.042 linear feet)) : 59 items

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