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Lawrence Beaumont STRINGER

(1866-1942)

STRINGER, Lawrence Beaumont, a Representative from Illinois; born near Atlantic City, N.J., February 24, 1866; moved with his parents to Lincoln, Ill., in 1876; attended the public schools; was graduated from Lincoln University (later Lincoln College) in 1887; reporter on a local paper; member of the State house of representatives 1890-1892; entered the Chicago College of Law (law department of Lake Forest University), and was graduated in 1896; returned to Lincoln, Ill., in 1898 and commenced practice; delegate to the Democratic State convention in 1900 and served as chairman; member of the State senate 1900-1904; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Illinois in 1904; appointed chief justice of the Illinois State Court of Claims in 1905 and served until 1913; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator in 1908; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third Congress (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1915); did not seek renomination in 1914, but was an unsuccessful candidate for United States Senator; resumed the practice of law; unsuccessful candidate for justice of the supreme court of Illinois in 1924; elected judge of Logan County in 1918 and served until his death in Lincoln, Ill., December 5, 1942; interment in Union Cemetery.

Bibliography

Lindstrom, Andrew F. “Lawrence Stringer: A Wilson Democrat.” Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 66 (Spring 1973): 20-40.

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

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