Men of color in the early Illinois House of Representatives
Name / Place of Birth / Occupation /Year(s) elected
Thomas, John W. E./Alabama /Teacher /1876, 1882, 1884
Ecton, George F. / Kentucky /Waiter, Baseball Club Owner /1886, 1888
Morris, Edward H. /Kentucky / Lawyer /1890
Bish, James E. /unk /unk /1892
Buckner, John C. /Illinois /Major in Nat'l Guard /1894, 1896
Martin, William L. /Missouri /Lawyer /1898
Jones, John G. /unk /Lawyer /1900
Morris, Edward H. /Kentucky /Lawyer /1902
Green, Edward D. /Penn. /State office holder /1904
Lane, Alexander /Miss. /Physician /1906, 1908
Green, Edward D. /Penn. State office holder /1910
Jackson, Robert R. /Illinois /Postal employee /1912, 1914, 1916
Turner, Sheadrick B. /Louisiana /Editor of Illinois Idea*/1914, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1926
Lucas, Benjamin H. /Illinois /Insurance /1916
--> names are listed in chronological order
* The Illinois Idea was an African-American newspaper founded in 1905 which ceased circulation circa 1922.
These names and related information are extracted from the following book: Harold F. Gosnell, "Negro Politicians: the rise of Negro politics in Chicago" (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1935).
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