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Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne

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Governor of Illinois, 1913-1917.
Barratt O’Hara, Lieutenant Governor.


Edward F. Dunne was born at Waterville, Connecticut, October 12, 1853. He was one year old when his parents removed to Peoria, Illinois, where his father attained political and business prominence.

His education was obtained in the public schools of Peoria and at Trinity College, University of Dublin, where he reached the position of honor man in his class, but graduation was denied him by his father’s financial reverses which recalled him to Peoria.

There he worked for a year in his fathers mill, meanwhile reading law, in 1876 he began a systematic course in law in Chicago and two years later was admitted to the bar.

For fifteen years he devoted himself to an ardent practice of his profession. He was associated during this period with many distinguished men among them Judge States and Congressman Hynes.

In 1892 he was elected to fill a vacancy on the Circuit bench of Cook County, and in 1897 was re-elected to the same office and served until 1905. In that year he was elected Mayor of Chicago, serving from 1905 to 1907.

His marriage to Miss Elizabeth J. Kelly of Chicago took place August 16, 1881.

Governor Dunne was nominated for Governor of Illinois by the Democratic party in 1912 and was elected in November of that year.

Among the most important measures adopted during Governor Dunne’s administration were the Deep Waterway Bill and the Woman’s Suffrage Law.

An account of the life and services of Governor Dunne written by his private secretary, William L. Sullivan, was published in 1916.

Governor Dunne and his family reside in Chicago.



Source: "The Governors of Illinois, 1818-1918"; Issued by the Illinois Centennial Commission

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