Orville Hickman Browning Edit Profile
Educated Augusta College.
He was a veteran of the Black Hawk War. Browning was a Whig delegate to the anti-Nebraska convention held at Bloomington, Illinois, in May 1856. This convention laid the foundations of the Republican Party.
Browning was appointed to fill the U.S. Senate seat of Stephen A. Douglas after Douglas' untimely death. Browning's bid for re-election as Senator from Illinois failed in 1862, leaving Abraham Lincoln with no personal friends in Congress. It was rumored that Lincoln was considering appointing Browning Secretary of the Interior to replace Caleb Blood Smith, but he did not become Secretary of the Interior until the Johnson administration.
President Andrew Johnson appointed him Secretary of the Interior serving from 1866 to 1869. Browning died August 10, 1881 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois.
Whig Party, Republican Party.
Member Illinois Senate (Whig), 1836, Illinois General Assembly, 1842. Member United States Senate (Republican, filling unexpired term of Stephen A. Douglas) from Illinois, 1861-1862, spokesman of Lincoln’s Border State policy. Member Illinois Constitutional Convention, 1869-1870.
Married Eliza Caldwell, 1836.