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WALTER REEVES

WALTER REEVES was born near Brownsville Pennsylvania, September 25, 1848, and died April 9, 1909. His parents, Harrison and Maria (Leonard) Reeves, moved to a farm in LaSalle County, Illinois, in 1856, and the son grew up in that county and was a teacher before he qualified for the law by examination before the Supreme Court in 1875. His home throughout his professional career was Streator.

Walter Reeves was a splendid type of the political leader when the Republican party was supreme in Illinois. In 1894, he was nominated to succeed the late Gen. Thomas J. Henderson as candidate for Congress for the Eleventh Illinois District, and in the election received a plurality of nearly 5,000 votes, and a majority over his three opponents. His majorities were increased in the succeeding elections. Of his work in Congress the following has been said: "Regarding himself as a public servant whose duty it was to advance the best interests of those he represented, he began devoting his energies to the work of internal improvement in the country and was appointed a member of the committee on rivers and harbors. In the river and harbor bill passed by the Fifty-fourth Congress he obtained from the general government for improvements in the State of Illinois between eight and nine million dollars. His position was that in the midst of exceedingly hard times the laboring people should be assisted through providing work in these internal improvements and that the farmers and business men would also be benefited by the internal development of our country."

[Biographies from "ILLINOIS, The Heart of the Nation" by Hon. Edward F. Dunne, Volume IV,1933,  Transcribed and Donated by Kim Torp ]
 

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