1879 History of Menard & Mason Counties
Chicago
Published by: O.L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers
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Mason County

United States Senators
Page 398

The following is the roll of United States Senators who have represented the State of Illinois in that august body since the foundation of the State in 1818. It is complete, and contains many illustrious names that stand high upon the scroll of fame:

Ninian Edwards was elected and served as one of the first Senators from Illinois from October 18, 1818, to the 4th of March, 1819.

Jesse B. Thomas was also elected at the same time as one of the first Senators, serving from October 18, 1818, to March 4, 1823.

Ninian Edwards was elected his own successor from March 4, 1819, to March 4, 1825, but, having resigned in 1824, to accept the post of Minister to Mexico, John McLean was elected in November, 1824, to fill out the unexpired term of Gov. Edwards.

Jessie B. Thomas was re-elected as his own successor, and served from March 4, 1823, to March 4, 1829.

Elias Kent Kane was elected the successor of John McLean, serving from March 4, 1825, to March 4, 1831.

John McLean was elected the successor of Jesse B. Thomas, and served from March 4, 1829, to the time of his death, in 1830.

John M. Robinson was elected December 11, 1830, to fill the unexpired term of Mr. McLean, and served until March 4, 1835.

Elias K. Kane was again elected as his own successor, and served from March 4, 1831, to the time of his death, which occurred on the 11th of December, 1835.

William Lee D. Ewing was elected to fill the unexpired term of Mr. Kane, from the 20th of December, 1835, to the 4th of March, 1837.

John M. Robinson was again elected as his own successor, and served from March 4, 1835, to March 4, 1841.

Richard M. Young was elected as the successor of Gen. Ewing, and served from March 4, 1837, to March 4, 1843.

Samuel McRoberts, the first native Illinoisan elected to the Senate, was elected as the successor of Gen. Robinson, and served from March 4,1841, to the time of his death, which occurred on the 22d of March, 1843.

James Semple was elected and filled the unexpired term of Mr. McRoberts, ending March 4, 1847.

Sidney Breese was elected the successor of Mr. Young, and served from March 4, 1843, to March 4, 1849.

Stephen Arnold Douglas was elected the successor of James Semple, and served from March 4, 1847, to March 4, 1853.

James Shields was elected the successor of Sidney Breese, and served from March 4, 1849, to March 4, 1855. Ten. Shields was refused a seat in the Senate on account of not having been naturalized the necessary length of time. He was re-elected and admitted, having then been a citizen the required time.

Lyman Trumbull was elected the successor of Gen. Shields, and served from March 4, 1855, to March 4, 1861.

Stephen A. Douglas was for the third and last time elected as his own successor, from the 4th of March, 1859, after a most brilliant, giant contest in 1858 with Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Douglas died soon after the opening of the war, in 1861, leaving an imperishable name as the most illustrious of all the Illinois Senators.

Orville H. Browning was, in 1861, appointed by Gov. Yates as the successor of Mr. Douglas.

Lyman Trumbull was elected his own successor, and served from March 4, 1861, to March 4, 1867.

William A. Richardson was elected, in 1863, to fill out the unexpired term of Judge Douglas, ending March 4, 1865.

Richard Yates was elected the successor of Mr. Richardson, and served with distinction as Senator from March 4, 1865, to March 4, 1871.

Lyman Trumbull was for the third term elected his own successor, and served with great distinction in the Senate for eighteen years, his last term beginning March 4, 1867, and ending March 4, 1873.

John A. Logan was the successor of Gov. Yates, and was the second native Illinoisan elected to that exalted position, which he held from March 4, 1871, to March 4, 1877.

Richard J. Oglesby was the successor of Judge Trumbull, and served in the Senate from March 4, 1873, to March 4, 1879.

David Davis was the successor of Gen. Logan, and was elected for the term beginning March 4, 1877, and ending March 4, 1883.

John A. Logan was a second time elected to the Senate as the successor of Gov. Oglesby. His term began on the 4th of March, 1879, and will end March 4, 1885. Thus ends the roll of illustrious Senators for Illinois up to the present time. Of the nineteen men who have filled the high position, the writer was honored with the acquaintance of all but the four first-named, and among them were a number of great men, and none of small caliber.

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