Edward Thomas Noonan

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Edward Thomas Noonan
Edward T. Noonan (Illinois Congressman).jpg
From 1899's Illinois Political Directory
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1901
Preceded byGeorge E. White
Succeeded byWilliam F. Mahoney
Personal details
Born(1861-10-23)October 23, 1861
Macomb, Illinois
DiedDecember 19, 1923(1923-12-19) (aged 62)
Chicago, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Michigan Law School

Edward Thomas Noonan (October 23, 1861 – December 19, 1923) was an attorney and politician from Chicago, Illinois. He served in the Illinois Senate and was a member of the United States House of Representatives.


Noonan was born in Macomb, Illinois on October 23, 1861,[1] and raised in Quincy and Chicago. He was educated in Quincy and Chicago, and studied law with Chicago attorney and judge Van H. Higgins.[2] He attended law school at the University of Michigan while studying with Higgins, attained admission to the bar in 1882, and received his LL.B. degree in 1883.[3]

In addition to practicing law, Noonan was active in Chicago politics as a Democrat.[4] From 1890 to 1894, he was a member of the Illinois Senate, and from 1893 to 1897 he served on the military staff of Governor John Peter Altgeld with the rank of colonel.[5] Noonan was counsel for the West Chicago Park Commission from 1893 to 1898, and as an unsuccessful candidate for Congress in 1894 and 1896.[6]

Noonan was elected to the U.S. House in 1898, and served in the 56th United States Congress (March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1901).[7] Noonan was not a candidate for reelection in 1900 and resumed the practice of law in Chicago.[7]

Death and burial[edit]

Noonan died in Chicago on December 19, 1923.[8] He was buried at St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery in Macomb.[9]


Noonan and his wife Lillian were the parents of two sons, Laurence (b. 1907) and Cato (b. 1916).[10][11]


  1. ^ Herringshaw, Clark J. (1913). Clark J. Herringshaw's City Blue Book of Current Biography: Chicago Men of 1913. Chicago, IL: mae Felts Herringshaw. p. 254.
  2. ^ York, Charles I. (1883). History of Law Class of 1883 of Michigan University. Ann Arbor, MI: Register Printing House. p. 78.
  3. ^ History of Law Class of 1883 of Michigan University, p. 78.
  4. ^ Prominent Democrats of Illinois. Chicago, IL: Democrat Publishing Company. 1899. p. 397.
  5. ^ Prominent Democrats of Illinois, p. 397.
  6. ^ Marquis, Albert Nelson (1911). The Book of Chicagoans. 2. Chicago, IL: A. N. Marquis & Company. p. 508.
  7. ^ a b The Book of Chicagoans, p. 508.
  8. ^ "Edward T. Noonan, Once Prominent Politician, Dies". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, IL. December 20, 1923. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  9. ^ Spencer, Thomas E. (2001). Where They're Buried. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield Company. p. 171. ISBN 978-0-8063-4823-0.
  10. ^ "Edward T. Noonan, Once Prominent Politician, Dies", p. 10.
  11. ^ "U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, Entry for Lillian Noonan". Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com, LLC. September 9, 1921. Retrieved April 15, 2018.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George E. White
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
William F. Mahoney