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Governor Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne

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Office Dates:  Feb 03, 1913 - Jan 08, 1917

Born:  Oct 12, 1853

Passed:  May 14, 1937

Birth State:  Connecticut

Party:  Democrat

Family:  Married Elizabeth J. Kelly; three children

School(s):  Union College

EDWARD F. DUNNE, Illinois' twenty-sixth governor, was born in Waterville, Connecticut, on October 12, 1853. His education was attained through the public school system in Peoria, Illinois. He graduated from Union College (Northwestern University today) in 1877, where he earned a law degree. Dunne entered public service in 1892, as judge of Cook County circuit court, a position he held until 1905. He also was a two-term mayor of Chicago, serving from 1905 to 1907. Dunne won the 1912 Democratic gubernatorial nomination and was sworn into the governor's office on February 3, 1913. During his tenure, a bipartisan committee was formed to oversee regulations on public utilities, and a bill was enacted that permitted cities and localities to secure electric and gas plants. After losing his reelection bid, Dunne left office on January 8, 1917. In 1930, he was granted an appointment to serve as attorney for the Cook County Board of Election Commissioners. Dunne, who authored a five-volume set on Illinois History in 1933, passed away on May 14, 1937. He was buried at the Calvary Cemetery in Evanston, Illinois.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 1, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978.  4 vols.

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