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Shelby Moore Cullom
Shelby Moore Cullom
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Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference

April 1911 - March 3, 1913
Eugene Hale
Jacob Harold Gallinger
United States Senator
from Illinois

March 4, 1883 - March 3, 1913
David Davis
J. Hamilton Lewis
17th Governor of Illinois

January 8, 1877 - February 16, 1883
LieutenantAndrew Shuman
John Marshall Hamilton
John L. Beveridge
John M. Hamilton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 8th district

March 4, 1865 - March 3, 1871
John T. Stuart
James C. Robinson
Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives

1873-1875
William M. Smith
Elijah Haines

1861-1863
William Ralls Morrison
Samuel A. Buckmaster
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives

1873-1875

1860-1863

1856-1857
Personal details
BornNovember 22, 1829
Monticello, Kentucky, U.S.
DiedJanuary 28, 1914(1914-01-28) (aged 84)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting placeOak Ridge Cemetery,
Springfield, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Hannah Fisher
(m. 1855; died 1861)

Julia Fisher
(m. 1863; died 1909)
Children3
ProfessionAttorney
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Shelby Moore Cullom (November 22, 1829 - January 28, 1914) was a U.S. political figure, serving in various offices, including the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate and the 17th Governor of Illinois.

Life and career

Cullom was born in 1829 in Monticello, Kentucky, a son of Richard Northcraft Cullom and Elizabeth G. "Betsey" (Coffey) Cullom. He moved with his family a year later to Tazewell County, Illinois. During his youth, Cullom assisted his father with farm labor. Cullom attended the Mount Morris Seminary for two years and became a teacher. Cullom's father served as a Whig member of the state legislature, so Cullom became interested in politics. He moved to Springfield, Illinois in 1853, where he studied law with Stuart & Edwards and was admitted to the bar in 1855.[1] He practiced law in Springfield with Charles S. Zane, and was elected city attorney in 1855.

Cullom was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives as a Whig in 1856, serving one term. With the disintegration of the Whig party, Cullom identified with both the Republican and the American parties. He was a candidate for elector on the American party ticket during the 1856 election. In 1860, he was re-elected to the Illinois House as a Republican, and served as Speaker.[1]

Julia Fisher

In 1855, he married Hannah Fisher.[2] She died in 1861, and in 1863 he married her sister Julia.[3] They were married until her death in 1909.[2] With first wife, Cullom was the father of an infant who died at birth in 1861 and was not named, as well as daughters Ella Cullom Ridgely (1856-1902) and Catherine Cullom Hardie (1859-1894).

He was elected in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth, and reelected to the Fortieth and Forty-first Congresses (March 4, 1865 - March 3, 1871). Cullom returned to the Illinois House from 1873 to 1874, serving again as Speaker.[1] In 1876, he was elected Governor of Illinois, defeating Lewis Steward by 6,834 votes. He was re-elected in 1880, becoming the first Illinois governor to be re-elected after a four-year term.[4] Under Cullom's governorship, the Southern Illinois Penitentiary was commissioned, the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 was quelled, the Illinois Appellate Court was founded, and the Illinois State Board of Health was established.[5] He resigned in 1883 to take office as a US senator; Lieutenant Governor John Marshall Hamilton assumed the governorship in his place. Cullom was elected to the United States Senate in 1882, and reelected in 1888, 1894, 1900 and 1906, serving from March 4, 1883, to March 3, 1913.

As a Senator, Cullom oversaw the passage of the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887. He believed that only the federal government had the power to force railroads to provide fair treatment to all of its customers, large and small. This was because corporations, such as Standard Oil, had corrupted many of the railroad's officials into providing them with rebates, and as a whole, the companies in question were more powerful than any state government.

Cullum had an interest in the territories of the United States of the time. Together with Congressman Isaac S. Struble, Cullom pushed the Cullom-Struble Bill, whose sanctions against polygamy included exclusion of the Utah Territory from statehood. The bill was on the verge of passing Congress in 1890, but the legislation was preempted when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) formally disavowed polygamous marriages with the 1890 Manifesto. Cullom was appointed by President William McKinley in July 1898 to the commission created by the Newlands Resolution to establish government in the Territory of Hawaii.

He died in 1914 in Washington, D.C. and is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield. Cullom was a close personal friend and associate of Jacob Bunn and John Whitfield Bunn, the Illinois industrialist brothers who contributed to the building of hundreds of millions of dollars of business enterprises by 1900. The village of Cullom, Illinois[6] is named in his honor.

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Davidson & Stuvé 1884, p. 968.
  2. ^ a b Rhoads, Mark (November 19, 2006). "Shelby Moore Cullom". Illinois Hall of Fame. Illinois Review.
  3. ^ Hinman, Ida (1895). The Washington Sketch Book.
  4. ^ Davidson & Stuvé 1884, p. 969.
  5. ^ Davidson & Stuvé 1884, p. 972-979.
  6. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 97.

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Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for Governor of Illinois
1876, 1880
Succeeded by
Richard J. Oglesby
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 8th congressional district

1865-1871
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Governor of Illinois
1877–1883
Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by Class 2 U.S. Senator from Illinois
1883–1913
Succeeded by
Honorary titles
Preceded by Dean of the United States Senate
August 8, 1911 – March 3, 1913
Succeeded by

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