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Charles Samuel DENEEN

(1863-1940)
Senate Years of Service:
1925-1931
Party:
Republican

DENEEN, Charles Samuel, a Senator from Illinois; born in Edwardsville, Madison County, Ill., May 4, 1863; raised in Lebanon, St. Clair County, Ill.; attended the public schools, and graduated from McKendree College, Lebanon, Ill., in 1882; later studied law at the same college and at Union College of Law (later Northwestern University), Chicago, Ill.; admitted to the bar in 1886 and commenced practice in Chicago; member, State house of representatives 1892; attorney for the Chicago Sanitary District 1895-1896; State’s attorney for Cook County, Ill., 1896-1904; Governor of Illinois 1905-1913; resumed the practice of law in Chicago; appointed as a Republican to the United States Senate on February 26, 1925, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Medill McCormick in the term ending March 3, 1925; had been previously elected in 1924 for the term commencing March 4, 1925, and served from February 26, 1925, to March 3, 1931; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1930; chairman, Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses (Seventieth and Seventy-first Congresses); resumed the practice of law; died in Chicago, Ill., February 5, 1940; interment in Oak Woods Cemetery.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Miller, Kristie. “Ruth Hanna McCormick and the Senatorial Election of 1930.” Illinois Historical Journal 81 (Autumn 1988): 191-210.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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