Joel Aldrich Matteson

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Joel Aldrich Matteson
10th Governor of Illinois
In office
January 10, 1853 – January 12, 1857
LieutenantGustav Koerner
Preceded byAugustus C. French
Succeeded byWilliam Henry Bissell
Personal details
Born(1808-08-08)August 8, 1808
Watertown, New York
DiedJanuary 31, 1873(1873-01-31) (aged 64)
Chicago, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary Fish
RelativesRoswell Eaton Goodell (son-in-law)[1]

Joel Aldrich Matteson (August 8, 1808 – January 31, 1873) was the tenth Governor of Illinois, serving from 1853 to 1857.[2] In 1855, he became the first governor to reside in the Illinois Executive Mansion. After his term as governor ended he was for many years the president of the Chicago and Alton Railroad.[3]

The last years of his life were marred by charges of corruption in the Canal Scrip Fraud case. The village of Matteson, Illinois is named in his honor.[4] Matteson was buried in Joliet, Illinois.


  1. ^ Cannon, Helen (Winter 1964). "First Ladies of Colorado Mary Goodell Grant" (PDF). Colorado Magazine. 4 (1). Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  2. ^ Mardos Rietsch, Pam (2006). "Chapter Twenty-Two of the History of Southern Illinois" [P. 246 Governor Joel A. Matteson]. Mardos Memorial Library. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  3. ^, Illinois governors in trouble, A history of corruption at the top By Erika Holst, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, [1]
  4. ^ Illinois Central Magazine. Illinois Central Railroad Company. 1922. p. 45.

This article incorporates facts obtained from: Lawrence Kestenbaum, The Political Graveyard

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Party political offices
Preceded by Democratic nominee for Governor of Illinois
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Governor of Illinois
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