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Frank Orren LOWDEN

(1861-1943)

LOWDEN, Frank Orren, a Representative from Illinois; born in Sunrise, Chisago County, Minn., January 26, 1861; moved with his parents to Point Pleasant, Hardin County, Iowa, in 1868; attended the public schools of Iowa; was graduated from the Iowa State University at Iowa City in 1885 and the Union College of Law, Chicago, Ill., in 1887; was admitted to the bar in 1887 and commenced practice in Chicago; lieutenant colonel of the First Regiment Infantry, Illinois National Guard, 1898-1903; professor of law at Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill., in 1899; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1900 and 1904; moved to Oregon, Ill., in 1903; member of the Republican National Committee from Illinois 1904-1912; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Robert R. Hitt; reelected to the Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses and served from November 6, 1906, to March 3, 1911; declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1910; Governor of Illinois 1917-1921; nominated as the Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1924 but declined; died March 20, 1943, in Tucson, Ariz., where he had gone for his health; interment in Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.

Bibliography

Hutchinson, William Thomas. Lowden of Illinois: The Life of Frank O. Lowden. 2 vols. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1957.

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

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