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Today is the birthday of Illinois's greatest governor, John Peter Altgeld. He fought in the Civil War at age 16, worked at Clarence Darrow's law firm, was elected governor in 1893, pardoned the men falsely convicted in the Haymarket Riot, and generally did a lot of good for the people of the state. Jane Addams spoke at his funeral.

He died in 1902, lay in state in the Chicago Public Library, and was buried in the Uptown Graceland Cemetery.

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opaoma
Dec. 29th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
Altgeld
Unbelievably I forgot about Altgeld's birthday today. Thanks for reminding me. And you even got the date right!
If anybody wants a 10 minute introduction to Altgeld look at his chronology: http://www.geocities.com/wernerhbaur/altgeldchronoweb1.htm
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