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Richard Oglesby

Richard Oglesby, American senator, governor of Illinois. member Illinois Senate, 1860; member United States Senate from Illinois, 1873-1879, chairman coms. on public lands and Indian affairs.

Background

  • Oglesby, Richard was born on July 25, 1824 in Oldham County, Kentucky, United States. Son of Jacob and Isabella (Watson) Oglesby.

  • Education

    • Studied law under Silas W. Robbins, Springfield, Illinois.

    Career

    • Moved to Decatur, Illinois, after death of parents, 1833. Admitted to Illinois bar, 1845, started practice of law, Sullivan, Illinois. Served as First lieutenant 4th Illinois Volunteers in Mexican War, 1846.

      Went to prospect for gold, California, 1849-1851. Member Illinois Senate, 1860. Served as colonel 8th Illinois Volunteers, 1861-1864, served under Ulysses S. Grant at forts Henry and Donelson, promoted major general, 1863.

      Governor Illinois, 1865-1869, 73, 85-89, supported Lincoln’s war policies, later denounced Andrew Johnson and sent formal demand that action be taken against him to Washington, D. C. Member United States Senate from Illinois, 1873-1879, chairman coms. on public lands and Indian affairs.

    Membership

    Member Illinois Senate, 1860. Member United States Senate from Illinois, 1873-1879, chairman coms. on public lands and Indian affairs.

    Connections

    • Married Anna White, 1859. Married second, Emma Keyes, 1873.
    • father: Jacob Oglesby
    • mother: Isabella (Watson) Oglesby
    • spouses: Anna White
    • Emma Keyes
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    Born July 25, 1824
    Died April 24, 1899
    (aged 74)
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