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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Peter Altgeld  

Pen Name: None

Genre: N/A

Born: 1847 in Westerwald, Germany

Died: 1902 in Joliet, Illinois

-- John Peter Altgeld on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Altgeld was governor of Illinois from 1893-1897.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Peter Altgeld moved to Chicago where he founded a prosperous law firm that employed such rising stars as Clarence Darrow.He became the 20th Governor of the state of Illinois from 1893 until 1897. He was a leading figure of the Progressive movement, Altgeld improved workplace safety and child labor laws, and rejected calls in 1894 to break up the Pullman strike with force.

Selected Titles At Your Library

The mind and spirit of John Peter Altgeld :
ISBN: 0836918606. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. 1960.

The autobiography of Mother Jones /
ISBN: 0882861670. OCLC Number:

C.H. Kerr Pub. Co.,. Chicago :. 1990.