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Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne


In office
1913 – 1917
Preceded by Charles S. Deneen
Succeeded by Frank O. Lowden

38th Mayor of the City of Chicago
In office
1905 – 1907
Preceded by Carter Harrison, Jr.
Succeeded by Fred A. Busse

Born October 12, 1853(1853-10-12)
Watertown, Connecticut
Died May 24, 1937 (aged 83)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Elizabeth J. Kelly (d.1928)
Profession Lawyer

Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne (October 12, 1853–May 24, 1937) was an American politician who was the 24th Governor of Illinois from 1913 to 1917 and previously served as the 37th mayor of Chicago from April 5, 1905 to 1907.

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Early years

Born in 1853, in Watertown, Connecticut, he was the son of an ardent Irish nationalist, Patrick William (P. W.) Dunne (1832-1921), who emigrated to America in 1849 after the failed Young Ireland revolt.[1] His mother, Delia Mary (Mary) Lawlor, was the daughter of a prosperous Irish contractor, and participant in the Irish Rebellion of 1798, who helped construct the docks at Galway Bay.[2]

The family moved to Peoria, Illinois while Dunne was still an infant, and he was educated there in the public schools.[3] His father refused to send his son to the local Catholic academy, because the Catholic Church had spoken out against the activities of the Fenians.[4]

P. W. Dunne was a prosperous businessman, active in both Irish and American politics.[5] He raised money for the Fenians, gave generously of his own funds, and frequently hosted Irish politicians, political exiles, and rebels in his home when they traveled to Chicago.[6]

Education and early career

After Dunne graduated from high school in 1871, he was sent to Ireland to attend Trinity College in Dublin.[7][8] His father wanted his son to be educated at the alma mater of Irish patriot, Robert Emmet.[9] Among his classmates was the author Oscar Wilde.[10] Dunne did extremely well at Trinity, but was forced to leave one year short of graduation, after his father suffered a financial setback.[11]

Dunne returned to Illinois, and finished his education at Union College of Law in Chicago, where his family had settled in 1877.[12] Soon after graduation he married the daughter of a Chicago businessman, Elizabeth Kelly, and started a prosperous legal practice.[13][14]

Political career

He served from 1892-1905 as Judge of the Circuit Court in Chicago.[15] He resigned to run for mayor, winning election as a Democrat, in 1905.[16] As Mayor, Dunne was instrumental in reducing the price of gasoline in Chicago from $1.00 to 85 cents, and of water from 10 cents to 7 cents per thousand gallons.[17] He was also a strong proponent of municipal ownership of public utilities.[18]

Dunne with family, circa 1905

Dunne returned to his legal practice in 1907 after he finished his term as mayor. He returned to politics in 1912, when he was elected Governor of Illinois, on the Democratic ticket.[19]

As governor Dunne championed numerous progressive reforms, including Women's Suffrage, prison reforms, major infrastructural improvements, the creation of the Public Utility Commission, the Efficiency and Economy Commission, the Legislative Reference Bureau, and he also expanded the state's responsibility for overseeing workman's compensation benefits and teachers' pensions.[20]

In November 1915, Dunne designated state Senator Stephen Canaday of Hillsboro to appear as his representative on the train car along with the Liberty Bell as it passed through southern Illinois on its nationwide tour returning to Pennsylvania from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. After that trip, the Liberty Bell returned to Pennsylvania and will not be moved again.[21]

After finishing his term as governor, Dunne remained politically active. In 1921, he helped found an organization called the "National Unity Council" to combat the Ku Klux Klan.[22]

"In view of the fact that the Ku Klux Klan has adopted the weapon of mass action, it was our desire to organize a society which shall develop harmony and good feeling between different classes, rather than enmity," Mr. Dunne said today. "Invitations were sent to many prominent church, political, business and welfare men, and the replies are coming in now...."
The Ku Klux Klan, which maintains an office here under the name of the "Southern Publicity Bureau" was called "a menace to this and any community" by former Governor Dunne in their adoption of the "equipment of burglar masks and implements of violence."[23]

Later years and death

Dunne returned once again to practicing law after leaving office in 1917. His legal practice was damaged by the ravages of the Great Depression, but he supplemented this work with a position as counsel to the Cook County Board of Election Commissioners.[24]

In 1919, Dunne was appointed by the Irish Race Convention to serve on the American Commission on Irish Independence. As part of this commission, Dunne traveled to the Paris Peace Conference in order to voice Irish-American desires for Ireland. During this time, he also traveled to Ireland for ten days.[25]

Dunne died in Chicago on May 24, 1937.

External links

Further reading

  • Morton, Richard Allen. Edward F. Dunne: Illinois' Most Progressive Governor. ISHS, Winter 1990 edition. p.218-234 [3]
  • Morton, Richard Allen. Justice and Humanity: Edward F. Dunne, Illinois Progressive. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997. ISBN 0809320959
  • Sullivan, William Larkin. Dunne: Judge, Mayor, Governor. Chicago: Windermere Press, 1916 [4]

References

  1. ^ Morton, Richard Allen. Justice and Humanity: Edward F. Dunne, Illinois Progressive. p. 1-4. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997.
  2. ^ Morton, Richard Allen. Justice and Humanity: Edward F. Dunne, Illinois Progressive. p. 1-4. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997.
  3. ^ Curtis, Georgina Pell.The American Catholic Who's Who, Vol 1. p. 179-180. Washington, DC, 1910.
  4. ^ Morton, Richard Allen. Justice and Humanity: Edward F. Dunne, Illinois Progressive. p. 1-4. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997.
  5. ^ Morton, Richard Allen. Justice and Humanity: Edward F. Dunne, Illinois Progressive. p. 1-4. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997.
  6. ^ Morton, Richard Allen. Justice and Humanity: Edward F. Dunne, Illinois Progressive. p. 1-4. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997.
  7. ^ Morton, Richard Allen. Justice and Humanity: Edward F. Dunne, Illinois Progressive. p. 1-4. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997.
  8. ^ Curtis, Georgina Pell.The American Catholic Who's Who, Vol 1. p. 179-180. Washington, DC, 1910.
  9. ^ Morton, Richard Allen. Justice and Humanity: Edward F. Dunne, Illinois Progressive. p. 1-4. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997.
  10. ^ Morton, Richard Allen. Justice and Humanity: Edward F. Dunne, Illinois Progressive. p. 1-4. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997.
  11. ^ Morton, Richard Allen. Justice and Humanity: Edward F. Dunne, Illinois Progressive. p. 1-4. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997.
  12. ^ Morton, Richard Allen. Justice and Humanity: Edward F. Dunne, Illinois Progressive. p. 1-4. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997.
  13. ^ Curtis, Georgina Pell.The American Catholic Who's Who, Vol 1. p. 179-180. Washington, DC, 1910.
  14. ^ Morton, Richard Allen. Justice and Humanity: Edward F. Dunne, Illinois Progressive. p. 1-4. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997.
  15. ^ Curtis, Georgina Pell.The American Catholic Who's Who, Vol 1. p. 179-180. Washington, DC, 1910.
  16. ^ Curtis, Georgina Pell.The American Catholic Who's Who, Vol 1. p. 179-180. Washington, DC, 1910.
  17. ^ Curtis, Georgina Pell.The American Catholic Who's Who, Vol 1. p. 179-180. Washington, DC, 1910.
  18. ^ Curtis, Georgina Pell.The American Catholic Who's Who, Vol 1. p. 179-180. Washington, DC, 1910.
  19. ^ Morton, Richard Allen. Justice and Humanity: Edward F. Dunne, Illinois Progressive. p. 79-81. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997.
  20. ^ Morton, Richard Allen. Edward F. Dunne: Illinois' Most Progressive Governor. ISHS, Winter 1990 edition. p.218-234 [1]
  21. ^ "Liberty Bell Attracts Crowd in Greenville During 1915 Stop". Greenville Advocate. July 3, 2007.  
  22. ^ "Organizing to Fight The Ku Klux Klan", New York Times, September 21, 1921. Accessed August 25, 2009. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=990CE4DB153EEE3ABC4E52DFBF66838A639EDE
  23. ^ "Organizing to Fight The Ku Klux Klan", New York Times, September 21, 1921. Accessed August 25, 2009. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=990CE4DB153EEE3ABC4E52DFBF66838A639EDE
  24. ^ Morton, Richard Allen. Justice and Humanity: Edward F. Dunne, Illinois Progressive. p. 127. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997.
  25. ^ Carroll, F. M."American Opinion and the Irish Question" p. 133 and 198. New York: St. Martin Press, 1978.
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