Biographies & Memoirs in Illinois History

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I am a Man: the Indian Black Hawk

Iowa City: State Historical Society of Iowa 1938
Cole, Cyrenus Go to Book

A biography of Chief Black Hawk, as well as a history of the conflict between Indians and Americans from prior to the War of 1812 until after the Black Hawk War of 1832. The author was an Iowa newspaperman and historian who became a U.S. congressman.

For more about prominent Native American leaders in the Old Northwest, see:
– Various books and articles on Tecumseh, The Prophet, Logan, Cornstalk, Bluejacket and Joseph Brant in Biographies & Memoirs in Great Lakes History
– Thwaites, Reuben Gold, “Logan, The Mingo Chief 1710-1780″ in Biographies & Memoirs in Ohio History;
Quaife, Milo Milton, ed., The Life of Black Hawk; Ma-Ka-Tai-Me-She-Kia-Kiak in Biographies & Memoirs in Illinois History;
Ellis, Edward S., The Life of Pontiac, the Conspirator, Chief of the Ottawas in Native Americans in the History of the Great Lakes;
Turner, F. N. (Dr.), “Chief Okemos” in Native Americans in Michigan History;
Matson, Nehemiah, “Sketch of Shau-be-na, a Pottawattamie Chief” in Native Americans in Wisconsin History;

Black Hawk (Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak) (1767-1838)

The Life of Black Hawk; Ma-Ka-Tai-Me-She-Kia-Kiak

Chicago: Donnelley 1916
Quaife, Milo Milton, ed.Go to Book

The autobiography was dictated by Black Hawk in 1833, using the official U.S. interpreter for the Sacs and Foxes. This took place shortly after the Black Hawk War, when Black Hawk was in the custody of the Government.
This volume is a re-issuance by the Wisconsin Historical Society, with a new introduction, of an 1834 publication named:

“Life of Ma-Ka-Tai-Me-She-Kia-Kiak or Black Hawk, embracing the tradition of his nation – Indian wars in which he has been engaged – cause of joining the British in their late war with America, and its history – description of the Rock-River village – manners and customs – encroachments by the whites, contrary to treaty – removal from his village in 1831. With an account of the cause and general history of the late war, his surrender and confinement at Jefferson Barracks, and travels through the United States, dictated by himself.”

See the resources on this site for: The Black Hawk War of 1832

Black Hawk (Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak) (1767-1838)

Growing up with a City

NY: Macmillan 1926
Bowen, Louise de KovenGo to Book

A memoir of life in Chicago from about 1870 to the early 1920s, and of hospital, charity and social work there. Chapter headings are:

1. A Grandchild in Early Chicago
2. A Fashionable Career and a Fire
3. Church, Hospitals and Nurses
4. The United Charities
5. Hull-House
6. The Juvenile Court
7. The Juvenile Protective Association
8. Presidents, Meetings and Speeches
9. Suffragists and Stockholders
10. Woman’s City Club
11. Women in War Work
12. Women in Public Affairs

See also: Addams, Jane, Twenty Years at Hull-House, with Autobiographical Notes in Illinois Social History Books and Articles

Also see related works at: Social issues; Labor, Social work, Slums, Poverty

Bowen, Louise de Koven (1859-1953)

“”Mother by the Tens”: Flora Adelaide Holcomb Bronson’s Account of Her Life as an Illinois Schoolteacher, Poet, and Farm Wife, 1851-1927″

Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society Vol 76, No. 4, Winter 1983, pp 283-307

Springfield: Illinois State Historical Society
Leiber, Justin and others, eds.Go to Article


Bronson, Flora Adelaide Holcomb (1851-1927)

Diary of Orville Hickman Browning Volume 1, 1850-1864

Chicago: Illinois State Historical Library. 1925
Pease, Theodore C. ed.Go to Book

Browning was a Whig politician and lawyer in Illinois. He was also a friend of Abraham Lincoln who went to Washington as a member of Lincoln’s cabinet. He maintained a diary, from which this book was compiled by two history professors from the University of Illinois.

In 1850 Browning worked as a lawyer in Quincy, ILL. Diary entries in the early 1850s (1851 is missing) were often brief references to his work “attending court”, travel details as he rode the court circuit (like Lincoln), or weather updates. There are occasional finely detailed entries describing personal or political events of interest. Notes by the editors fill in details about many of the persons or events that Browning mentions in passing.

For numerous resources on Lincoln, see: Abraham Lincoln: Free online Books & other Resources

Browning, Orville Hickman (1806-1881)

A True Picture of Emigration, or, Fourteen Years in the Interior of North America …

London: Berger. 1848
Burlend, RebeccaGo to Book

(title continued) “… Being a Full and Impartial Account of the Various Difficulties and Ultimate Success of an English Family who Emigrated from Barwick-in-Elmet, near Leeds, in the Year 1831”

A couple with five children decide to emigrate from Yorkshire, England to the American west. This narrative is written by the wife from her own viewpoint. It begins with the decision to leave England and describes the voyage to New Orleans followed by a riverboat trip up the Mississippi and their lives on their new farm. Although the writing style is old-fashioned British English, her descriptions are fresh and realistic. Burlend neither glamorized nor glossed over the hardships. The result is a forthright and honest account of her experiences, with many interesting details that are normally missed or skimmed over by male authors of similar memoirs.

Burlend, Rebecca (1793-1872)

Biographies & Memoirs in Illinois History

The Life of Henry Dodge from 1782 to 1833 with Portrait by George Catlin …

Burlington, Iowa: 1890
Salter, WilliamGo to Book

(title continued) “… and maps of the battles of the Pecatonica and Wisconsin Heights in the Black Hawk War”

According to the author, Dodge was the first “American” (white?) child born (1782) in the area that later became the state of Indiana. He had 19 public service commissions from 1806 to 1846, including many years of military service up to the rank of Colonel, and capped by three 3-year appointments as Governor of the Territory of Wisconsin. This short, admiring biography contains highlights of Dodge’s career, a fairly extensive description of the Black Hawk War, and copies of letters from participants in that war describing key actions.

Dodge, Henry (1782-1867)

“Octave Chanute, The Chicago Connection, and the Birth of Aviation”

Illinois History Teacher Vol 8, No. 1, 2001, pp 14-16

Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Launius, Roger D.Go to Article

Chanute, Octave (1832-1910)

“Edward Coles, Patrician Emancipator”

Illinois History Teacher Vol 12, No. 1, 2005, pp 2-5

Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Monroe, DanGo to Article

Coles, Edward (1786-1868)

Governor Edward Coles

Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library. 1920
Alvord, Clarence W. ed.Go to Book

This volume consists of two parts:
Part 1: Washburne, E. B. “Sketch of Edward Coles, Second Governor of Illinois, and of the Slavery Struggle of 1823-4”, pp 15-201.
Edward Coles was a Virginia slave-owner and the private secretary to President Madison in 1814 when he began a correspondence with Thomas Jefferson on the subject of slavery. Coles decided to resign his position, sell his plantation, leave Virginia, and then liberate his slaves. He moved to Illinois in 1819 with his slaves and liberated them there. After becoming governor in 1822, his efforts were critical in preventing Illinois from legalizing slavery in the state constitution.

Part 2: Appendix. pp 205-398. This is a collection of transcribed documents and letters; many of them related to personal business or legal actions involving Coles, but also including some official documents from his governorship. The last document in this section, pp 376-398, is Coles’ “History of the Ordinance of 1787”.

For biographies and memoirs of early 19th century governors in the Great Lakes states, see:
– Edwards, Ninian Wirt, History of Illinois, from 1778 to 1833; and Life and Times of Ninian Edwards in Illinois History Politics & Government
St Clair, Arthur and Smith, William H., ed., St. Clair Papers: The Life and Public Services of Arthur St. Clair in Biographies & Memoirs in Ohio History;
Esarey, Logan, ed., Messages and Letters of William Henry Harrison in Biographies & Memoirs in Indiana History;
Reynolds, John, My Own Times, Embracing also the History of my Life in Biographies & Memoirs in Illinois History;
Hemans, Lawton Thomas, Life and Times of Stevens Thomson Mason in Biographies & Memoirs in Michigan History;
McLauglin, Andrew C., Lewis Cass in Biographies & Memoirs in Michigan History

Coles, Edward (1786-1868)

Biographies & Memoirs in Illinois History

“The Character and Leadership of Stephen A. Douglas”

Proceedings of the Mississippi Valley Historical Association Vol X, 1918-21, 454-67

Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Mississippi Valley Historical Association
Lynch, William O.Go to Article

Douglas, Stephen A. (1813-1861)

Biographies & Memoirs in Illinois History

“Biographical Sketch of Joseph Duncan, Fifth Governor Of Illinois”

Fergus Historical Series No. 26-29

Chicago: Fergus 1888
Kirby, Julia DuncanGo to Article

“Read before the Historical Society of Jacksonville, Ill, May 7, 1885.” The author was the subject’s daughter.

Duncan, Joseph (1794-1844)

Life in Prairie Land

NY: Harper & Brothers, 1846
Farnham, Eliza W.Go to Book

Eliza Farnham (1815-1864) was a novelist, feminist, abolitionist and activist for prison reform. She moved to Illinois from New York in 1835 and married, returning to New York in 1841. This memoir covers those years on the Illinois prairie, near Pekin.

Farnham, Eliza (1815-1864)

Biographies & Memoirs in Illinois History

The Valley of Shadows

London: Lane 1913
Grierson, FrancisGo to Book

Benjamin Henry Jesse Francis Shepard (1848-1927) was an Illinois composer and pianist, who also wrote under the pen name of Francis Grierson.

“Written more than a century ago, The Valley of Shadows is a passionate recounting of Grierson’s experiences as a boy growing up on the prairies of central Illinois in the few short years leading up to the Civil War. Set in a region that was neither north nor south; neither for nor against slavery, it foreshadows the coming of a bitter conflict that would divide families and set neighbors against one another.”
– Open Library Review

“A superb narrative. . . . Grierson combines many aspects of Illinois mythology: prairie and dream, Lincoln and freedom, struggle and redemption. He also depicts the Lincoln country as a mythic Garden, inhabited by heroic pioneers who are swept into the valley of shadows, the coming national conflict . . . a unique achievement of uncommon power and symbolic depth—an Illinois masterpiece.”
— Reader’s Guide to Illinois Literature review of The Valley of Shadows
Chapter headings are:

1. The Meeting-House
2. The Load-Bearer
3. The Log-House
4. Socrates Gives Advice
5. Silas Jordan’s Illness
6. The Cabin of Socrates
7. At the Post-Office
8. My Visit to the Load-Bearer’s Home
9. A Night of Mystery
10. Sowing and Reaping
11. The Flight
12. The Camp-Meeting
13. The Pioneer of the Sangamon Country
14. The Regulators
15. Alton and the Mississippi
16. Abraham Lincoln
17. St. Louis: Society and the Churches
18. The Great Fair
19. The Planters’ House
20. The Torch-Light Procession
21. Camp Jackson
22. General Fremont
23. The Dance of Death
24. In the Maze
25. Grierson’s Raid
26. The Valley of Shadows

Grierson, Francis (Benjamin Francis Shepard) (1853-1937)

The Autobiography of Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard, Pa-pa-ma-ta-be, “The Swift Walker”

Chicago: Donnelley 1911
Hubbard, Gurdon S.Go to Book

Hubbard came to Chicago in 1818 as an employee of the American Fur Company. He went by way of the Illinois River to St. Louis and Cahokia, spent the winter at a post near Hennepin and in the spring returned to Mackinac. He was with the Illinois brigade again in the winters of 1821-22 and 1822—23 and in 1822 he established “Hubbard’s Trail” from Chicago to Danville. From 1828 to 1834 he lived in Danville and after that in Chicago. The autobiographical material covers his career to 1830, and furnishes a valuable picture of northern Illinois during the fur trade period.
Chapter headings are:

Childhood – Engagement with American Fur Co. – Mackinaw
First Year in the Indian Country – Marquette Cross – Chicago – Fort Dearborn
Mud Lake – Isle La Cache – Starved Rock – Fort Clark – Encounter with an Indian – St. Louis
Shaub-e-nee – Wa-ba and Che-mo-co-mon-ess – Tippecanoe Battle Ground – The Feast of the Dead
Fishing in Muskegon Lake – A Month in Solitude – Lost in a Snow Storm – Death of Dufrain
Kalamazoo River – Cosa – An Accident – A Visit – Wolf Stories – Crooked Creek
Attacked by an Indian – Alexis St. Martin – Sleeping Bear
Pa-pa-ma-ta-be – From St. Joseph to the Kankakee – “Hubbard’s Trail” – Under the Ice – Peoria and St. Louis
1824 – Placed in Charge of the Illinois River Trading Posts
Trouble with Yellow Head – Danville – “Winnebago Scare” – in the Ohio River – Ka-ne-kuck

For a fictional biography of Hubbard, see: Holt, Alfred Hubbard, Hubbard’s Trail in Michigan Novels and Historical Fiction

For works on the “Indian trade”, or fur trade, see:
– Adams, J. A., “The Indian Trader of the Upper Ohio Valley” in Ohio Economic History
Stevens, Wayne E., “The Organization of the British Fur Trade 1760-1800″ in “The Indian Trader of the Upper Ohio Valley” in Ohio Economic History;
Johnson, Ida Amanda, The Michigan Fur Trade in Michigan Economic History;
Turner, Frederick Jackson, The Character and Influence of the Indian Trade in Wisconsin; a study of the Trading Post as an Institution in Wisconsin Economic History;
Way, Royal B., “The United States Factory System for Trading with the Indians, 1796-1822″ in Economic History in the Great Lakes Region

Hubbard, Gurdon Saltonstall (1802-1886)

“Planting the Prairies: John Kennicott and Horticultural Advocacy in Nineteenth-Century Illinois”

Illinois History Teacher Vol 13, No. 1, 2006, pp 2-6

Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Lyon-Jenness, CherylGo to Article

Kennicott, John (1835-1866)

“Eight Weeks on a St. Clair County Farm in 1851: Letters by a Young German”

Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society Vol 75, No. 3, Autumn 1982, pp 162-178

Springfield: Illinois State Historical Society
Trautmann, Frederic, ed.Go to Article


Kohler, Carl (?-1890)

“Free Frank and New Philadelphia: Slave and Freedman, Frontiersman and Illinois Town Founder”

Illinois History Teacher Vol 15, No. 2, 2009, pp 37-41

Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Walker, Juliet E. K.Go to Article

McWorter, Free Frank (1777-1854)

“Eva C. Monroe: Social Welfare Reformer and Advocate for Children”

Illinois History Teacher Vol 10, No. 1, 2003, pp 13-16

Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Hendricks, Wanda A.Go to Article

Monroe, Eva C. (1868-1950)

Biographies & Memoirs in Illinois History

Antoine Ouilmette; a resident of Chicago A.D. 1790-1826. The first settler of Evanston and Wilmette (1826-1838) …

Evanston, ILL: Evanston Historical Society. 1908
Grover, Frank R.Go to Book

(title continued) “… with a brief history of his family and the Ouilmette Reservation”

Ouilmette was a French trader with a Pottawatomie wife. The Ouilmette Reservation was a large tract of land he owned on the shores of Lake Michigan where Evanston and Wilmette are now located. Ouilmette was likely one of the first three or four white settlers in the Chicago area.

Ouilmette, Antoine(1760-1841)

Forty Years of Pioneer life: Memoir of John Mason Peck D.D….

Philadelphia: American Baptist Publication Society 1864
Peck, John MasonGo to Book

(title continued) “… edited from his Journals and Correspondence by Rufus Babcock”

John Mason Peck (1789-1858) was a Baptist missionary on the Illinois frontier who evangelized; established numerous churches, Sunday schools and Bible societies; and established institutions for training preachers and teachers. The editor wrote that he drew upon fifty years of Peck’s collected correspondence (1808 -1858) as well as 53 volumes of his journals to write this memoir.

Peck, John Mason (1789-1858)

My Own Times, Embracing also the History of my Life

Belleville, Ill. 1855
Reynolds, JohnGo to Book

At 600 pages, this book is unusually long and informative for a pioneer memoir. The author, son of Irish immigrants, was taken to frontier Tennessee as a baby in 1788, and then the family moved to Kaskaskia, Illinois in 1800. The narrative combines memoirs of Reynold’s personal life and public service career (including a term as Governor of Illinois and seven years in the U.S. House of Representatives) with historical background for the region. Very substantial parts of the book are devoted to State government, state political issues and campaigns, and the Black Hawk War.
Some of the significant people and topics covered in this volume are:
Kaskaskia and Illinois in 1800, Farming implements, soil of Illinois, History of Fort Chartres, History of Fort Jefferson, Piggot’s Fort, The French in Illinois in 1800. Raising Cabins, Frolics, Amusements, Dancing, Running for the Bottle at Weddings, The Dress of the People, Factory goods in Illinois 1816, Ridge Prairie, Goshen, Blair, Belleville, French colonies, Shawneetown, Wood River Settlement, Morals of Illinois Pioneers, Gaming and Sports of Illinois Pioneers, Cards, Loo, Shooting Matches, Horse and Foot Races, Agriculture and Commerce in Illinois Pioneer times, Horse Reapers, Shipping produce to New Orleans, Railroads, Common Schools, Monks of La Trappe, Illinois part of Indiana Territory, Assembly 1802 at Vincennes, Earthquake 1811, Horse Racing, Regulators, Mob Laaw in 1831, Lynch Law, Jesuit Missionaires in Kaskaskia and Cahokia, Early churches in Illinois; Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian. Lawyers and Physicians in Illinois Territory, Slavery in Illinois before 1787, Organization of State Government 1818, Murder Trials, Early Banks in Illinois, Dearth of Money, Public Debt, Slavery agitation, Indian name of Sangamon, Land Law and Tenures of Land, Early Elections for Governor, Arrival of General LaFayette 1824, Lead Mines in Galena, Winnebago War, Winnebago Chief Red Bird, Black Hawk War, Sketch of Indian Warrior Black Hawk, Battle of the Bad Axe, Fugitive Slave Law, Early Institutions of Learning in Illinois, Rock Spring Seminary, McKendrie College, Illinois College, Early liternature in Illinois, Morris Birkbeck, Dr. Lewis Beck, Dr. John Peck, James Hall, Sidney Breese, Professor John Russell, The Venomous Worm, the Western Journal and Civilian, Sketch of President Andrew Jackson, Sketch of Henry Clay, Sketch of John Q. Adams, Military Academy at West Point, Lovejoy riot at Alton, First Railroad West of the Mountains, Internal Improvements in Illinois, Visit to England, Visit to France, The Mormons, Sketch of Mormon Joseph Smith, Mormons in Nauvoo, Icarian Community.

For biographies and memoirs of early 19th century governors in the Great Lakes states, see:
– Edwards, Ninian Wirt, History of Illinois, from 1778 to 1833; and Life and Times of Ninian Edwards in Illinois History Politics & Government
St Clair, Arthur and Smith, William H., ed., St. Clair Papers: The Life and Public Services of Arthur St. Clair in Biographies & Memoirs in Ohio History;
Esarey, Logan, ed., Messages and Letters of William Henry Harrison in Biographies & Memoirs in Indiana History;
Alvord, Clarence W. ed., Governor Edward Coles in Biographies & Memoirs in Illinois History;
Hemans, Lawton Thomas, Life and Times of Stevens Thomson Mason in Biographies & Memoirs in Michigan History;
McLauglin, Andrew C., Lewis Cass in Biographies & Memoirs in Michigan History

Reynolds, John (1788-1865)

Looking Back: An Autobiography

Chicago: Richardson 1917
Richardson, Merrick AbnerGo to Book

A privately printed volume by a Chicago businessman.

Richardson, Merrick Abner (1841-1927)

Recollections of Frontier Life

Rockford, IL: Gazette Pub. House 1885
Roe, ElizabethGo to Book

Chapter headings are:

-My Childhood
-The Garden and the Gardener
-Earliest Recollections of Methodism and its Influence on Me
-Religious Resolutions and How they were Prosecuted
-Recollections of Early Married Life
-Doctor’s Adventure on the Farm
-Removal to Rock River – Progress of Methodism
-Recollections of Methodism in Chicago
-Recollections of Payne’s Point
-Recollections of Rockford and our new Home on the Prairie
-Visit to Nebraska
-Death of Dr. John Roe

Roe, Elizabeth Ann Lyon (1805-1887)

Reminiscences of Pioneer Life in the Mississippi Valley

Davenport: Griggs 1872
Spencer, John W.Go to Book

Spencer moved to the Illinois frontier in 1820 from Vermont as a young man. This 70-page book is mainly a series of anecdotes about the early days there.

Spencer, John W. (1801-1878)

A Woman’s Story of Pioneer Illinois

Chicago: Donnelley. 1919
Tillson, Christiana H.Go to Book

As a young woman, Mrs. Tillson moved with her husband from Massachusetts to southern Illinois in 1822. In the 1870s she wrote this private memoir about the journey to Illinois and her first few years on the frontier for the benefit of her youngest daughter. The book is notable for its literate, detailed account. The editor, from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, added extensive notes.
Some of the topics covered in this volume are:

Anti-slavery issue, Baptists in Illinois, Pioneer in Vandalia James Black, pioneer Jesse Buzan, early settlers in Chicago, visit to Cincinnati, Ewardsville Land Office, Military Bounty Lands, Methodists in Illinois, Dr. Horation Newhall, pioneer Judge Hiram Rountree, pioneer Col. Israel Seward, pioneer Milton Shurtleff, pioneer Warren Hooper, Commodore Yoakum, pioneer Joel Wright, pioneer Eleazar Townsend, Vandalia.

Tillson, Christiana Holmes (1798-1872)

Petticoat Surgeon

Chicago: Peoples Book Club 1947
Van Hoosen, BerthaGo to Book

Autobiography. The author graduated from the University of Michigan Medical school in 1892 and spent her medical career in Chicago. She gradually became an outspoken feminist who opposed the medical establishment’s discriminatory treatment of women, becoming in 1915 the first president of the American Medical Women’s Association.

Van Hoosen, Bertha (1863-1952)

“Ida Wells-Barnett Confronts Race and Gender Discrimination”

Illinois History Teacher Vol 3, No. 1, 1996, pp 30-32

Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Hendricks, Wanda A., Jones, Paullette Pennington, and Taylor, Careda RollandGo to Article

Wells-Barnett, Ida Bell (Ida B. Wells) (1862-1931)

Frances Willard: Her Life and Work

London: Unwin 1912
Strachey, RayGo to Book

Willard, Frances Elizabeth Caroline (1839-1898)

The Life of Frances E. Willard

Evanston: National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union 1921
Gordon, Anna AdamsGo to Book

Willard, Frances Elizabeth Caroline (1839-1898)


Collective Biographies

American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936 to 1940

Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress
Go to Collection

This collection of life histories consists of approximately 2,900 documents, compiled and transcribed by more than 300 writers from 24 states, working on the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers’ Project, a New Deal jobs program that was part of the U.S. Works Progress (later Work Projects) Administration (WPA) from 1936 to 1940. Typically 2,000-15,000 words in length, the documents vary in form from narratives to dialogues to reports to case histories. They chronicle vivid life stories of Americans who lived at the turn of the century and include tales of meeting Billy the Kid, surviving the 1871 Chicago fire, pioneer journeys out West, grueling factory work, and the immigrant experience.

Folklore, biography, life story, life history, oral history, personal narrative, memoirs

The United States Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men; Illinois Volume

Chicago: American Biographical Publishing Company 1883
Go to Book

Contains over 800 pages of biographies.

See the list of resources on this website for: Genealogy & Local History Research

biography, life story, Illinois history

Who’s Who in Illinois

Chicago: Larkin, Roosevelt & Larkin 1947
Biographical Press Go to Book

(title continued) ” … A biographical dictionary of leading men and women of the commonwealth”

This is Volume 1, which contains names A-Z. It is not clear if further volumes were published. The index is at the front.

“Women Making a Difference: Ira Craddock, Adelaide Johnson & Laura Dainty Pelham”

Illinois History Teacher Vol 4, No. 1, 1997, pp 22-28

Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Burton, Shirley J.Go to Article

Who’s Who in Illinois: Women, Makers of History

Chicago: Eclectic 1927
Gilman, Agness Geneva and Gilman, Gertrude MarcelleGo to Book

The Book of Chicagoans

Chicago: Marquis 1917
Marquis, Albert NelsonGo to Book

(title continued) ” … A biographical dictionary of leading living men and women of the city of Chicago”

The Women of Illinois

Bloomington: 1913
McCormick, Henry Go to Book

Chapter headings are:

-The Pioneer Women of Illinois
-Mrs. Le Compt
-Mrs. John Edgar
-Mrs. Robert Morrison
-Mrs. Mary A. Bickerdyke
-Mrs. Mary A. Livermore-
-Frances E. Willard
-Jane Addams
-Mrs. Lida Brown McMurry
-Mrs. Letitia Green Stevenson
-Marie Eugenia Von Elsner (Litta)
-The Women of Today

See also: Books about 19th Century American Women Authors

For works about leading American women of the 19th century, see:
– Adams, Elmer Cleveland and Foster, Warren Dunham, Heroines of modern progress in Century Past Collective Biography A – F
Parkman, Mary Rosetta, Heroines of service in Century Past Collective Biography G – P;
Worthington & Co. , Our Famous Women in Century Past Collective Biography Q – Z

Frances E. Willard, Jane Addams, Marie Eugenia Von Elsner, Letitia Green Stevenson

Men of Illinois

Chicago: Witherspoon 1902?
Witherspoon, HallidayGo to Book

Mainly a directory of men in business, for the benefit of newspapermen around the state. The index is arranged by occupation.

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