Moses J. Wentworth
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Moses J. Wentworth

Moses J. Wentworth was an American lawyer and politician from Chicago, Illinois who served as a member of the 29th Illinois General Assembly, in the Illinois House of Representatives, from the 1st district.[1] He was elected as a member of the short-lived Illinois Opposition Party. While in the Illinois General Assembly, he introduced the successful statute which required compulsory school attendance in Illinois.[2]

By 1896 he was associated with the Democratic Party, and was a gold Democrat delegate to the 1896 Democratic National Convention.[3]

He was the nephew of "Long John" Wentworth, mayor of Chicago, and handled his uncle's business affairs and estate.


  1. ^ 'Illinois Legislative Manual for 1875,' Roster of the Illinois House of Representatives, pg. 88
  2. ^ Editorial: "Compulsory Schooling in Illinois" Skandinaven April 22, 1879
  3. ^ "Silver Men Confident; Have No Doubt They Will Control the Chicago Convention; Talk Like Wild Fanatics" New York Times June 30, 1896

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