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John P. Altgeld papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-SC21

Scope and Contents

Collection includes letter of governor John P. Altgeld (1847-1902) to John R. Tanner (1844-1901) regarding the arrangements for the latter's inauguration as Governor of Illinois. Five orders for arrest and extradition, including one for W. B. Franklin, a fugitive from Iowa. An absract of votes for 1894 Supreme Court justice election.


  • Created: 1894 - 1897


Biographical / Historical

John P. Altgeld (1847-1902) was born in Germany but immigrated to the United States with his family while an infant. He was raised in Ohio where he received a rudimentary education and served in an Ohio regiment during the American Civil War. He embarked on a number of occupations including that of farmhand, railroad laborer, and teacher in Ohio, Kansas, and Missouri. Altgeld studied law and entered fulltime practice in Missouri and subsequently won election as Andrew County state’s attorney. In 1875 Altgeld moved to Chicago where he continued his law practice and invested in property and commercial development. Altgeld published essays on judicial reform and labor relations that showed his developing Progressive views and he won election to the Superior Court of Cook County. A Democrat, Altgeld won election as Governor of Illinois and served from 1893-1897, losing reelection to John R. Tanner. As governor Altgeld is best remembered for granting parsons to the three surviving Haymarket rioters.


1 folder (1 folder: .5 linear inches (.042 linear feet)) : 7 items

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