Shelby M. Cullom

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"(November 22, 1829 -- January 28, 1914) Shelby Moore Cullom was a lawyer and American politician. Cullom was born in Wayne County, Kentucky and moved to Tazewell County, Illinois in 1830. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1855. He was elected as the city attorney of Springfield in 1855. He was a member of the state house of representatives (1856, 1860-1861, 1873-1874), and served as speaker of the house during the 2nd year and in 1873. He was a Governor of Illinois from 1877-1883 when he resigned. He was elected as a Republican to the 39th, 40th, and 41st Congresses from March 4, 1865 - March 3, 1871). During this time he was chairman of the Committee on Territories (41st Congress). He was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1882 and was reelected in 1888, 1894, 1900, and 1906 (March 4 1883 -- March 3, 1913). During his time in the Senate, he served as chairman on Committee on Expenditures of Public Money (1885-1887), on the Committee on Interstate Commerce (1887-1893, 1895 - 1901, 1909 - 1913), on the Committee on Foreign Relations (1901 - 1911), was a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution (1885-1913), Republican Conference Chairman (1911-1913), was a chairman and resident commissioner of the Lincoln Memorial Commission in 1913 and 1914, and was a member of the commission appointed to prepare a system of laws for the Hawaiian Islands. [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774 - Present', available]"

Member of Illinois Delegation—United States Fifteenth Amendment, Illinois Delegation—United States Fourteenth Amendment & The Civil Rights Act of 1866.

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