John Peter Altgeld

Politician

1847 – 1902

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Who was John Peter Altgeld?

John Peter Altgeld was an American politician and the 20th Governor of Illinois, serving from 1893 until 1897. He was the first Democrat to govern that state since the 1850s. A leading figure of the Progressive movement, Altgeld signed workplace safety and child labor laws, pardoned three of the men convicted in the Haymarket Affair, and rejected calls in 1894 to break up the Pullman strike with force. In 1896 he was a leader of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, opposing President Grover Cleveland and the conservative Bourbon Democrats. He was defeated for reelection in 1896 in an intensely fought, bitter campaign.

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Born
Dec 30, 1847
Selters
Nationality
  • Germany
  • United States of America
Profession
Died
Mar 12, 1902
Joliet
Resting place
Graceland Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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