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lawyer , politician , member of the Illinois House of Representatives

Ethelbert Callahan, American lawyer. member Callahan, Jones & Lowe; Member 29th, 37th, 38th and 39th Illinois General Assemblies; Mason.


Callahan, Ethelbert was born on December 17, 1829 in Licking Company, Ohio, United States. Son of John and Margaret (Brown) Callahan.


Educational public schools. (Doctor of Laws, McKendree College, 1894).


In 1849, he relocated to Crawford County, Illinois, where he became a teacher. In 1853, he entered the world of political journalism as editor of the Wabash Sentinel. A year later, he moved to Marshall, Illinois to edit the Telegraph, a paper that supported the Know Nothing movement.

Callahan was elected as a justice of the peace in 1857, and it was at this time that he began to read law. He was admitted to the bar in 1859. He opened his own law practice in Robinson, Illinois in 1861.

Over the next four decades, he built one of the most successful practices in southern Illinois. Callahan played a role in organizing the Illinois State Bar Association in 1877, and served as its president in 1889. Callahan was the first Republican to speak in Crawford County.

He was elected to four two-year terms in the Illinois House of Representatives on the Republican Ticket. McKendree College awarded Callahan an honorary LL.D. in June 1898. In 1883, Callahan gave a paper at the Illinois State Bar Association entitled "The Lawyers of the Bible." The work was widely copied, and in January 1911, he was invited to deliver the paper as an address at the Indiana University School of Law.

This address was very well received and was therefore published the next year by Hollenbeck Press.


  • As a boy, he determined to become a lawyer after watching an argument delivered by Thomas Ewing, but it would be a number of years before Callahan achieved his goal of becoming a lawyer.


A member of a Christian Church should support all social initiatives having a purpose to maintain and strengthen well-being and progress of the whole community and its members.


As human beings people are a part of a cruel and violent and unjust world that feels like it cannot be changed. By accepting forgiveness and liberation, God enables to resist evil and to live life that can make this world a better place.


Member Callahan, Jones & Lowe. Member 29th, 37th, 38th and 39th Illinois General Assemblies.


Married Mary Barlow Jones, June 27, 1854.

John Callahan

Margaret (Brown) Callahan

Mary Barlow Jones