List of Illinois Secretaries of State

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This is a list of all people who have served as Illinois Territorial Secretary[1] and Illinois Secretary of State.[2]

Territorial Secretary[edit]

Secretaries of the Illinois Territory were appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the United States Senate. Nathaniel Pope became left after being elected as the territory's non-voting delegate to Congress.[1]:12

# Name Start End
1 Nathaniel Pope 1809-04-25[1]:9 1816[1]:19
2 Joseph B. Phillips[1]:12 1816-12-16[3] 1818-10-09[3]

Secretary of State[edit]

Secretaries of State before 1848 were appointed by governors; Horace S. Cooley was both appointed by Governor French under that system, and retained in office by election under the 1848 Constitution.[2]

Each officer holder is listed with his home county as given in the Illinois Blue Book.[2]

# name party start end county notes
1 Elias Kent Kane Democratic-Republican 1818-10-06 1822-12-16 Randolph Resigned
2 Samuel D. Lockwood Democratic-Republican 1822-12-18 1823-04-02 Madison Resigned
3 David Blackwell Democratic-Republican 1823-04-02 1824-10-15 St. Clair Resigned
4 Morris Birkbeck Democratic-Republican 1824-10-15 1825-01-15 Edwards Resigned
5 George Forquer Democratic-Republican 1825-01-15 1828-12-31 Sangamon Resigned
6 Alexander Pope Field Democratic 1829-01-23 1840-11-30 Union Removed
7 Stephen A. Douglas Democratic 1840-11-30 1841-02-27 Morgan Resigned
8 Lyman Trumbull Democratic 1841-03-01 1843-03-04 St. Clair Removed
9 Thompson Campbell Democratic 1843-03-06 1846-12-23 Jo Daviess Resigned
10 Horace S. Cooley Democratic 1846-12-23 1850-04-02 Adams First to be elected; died
11 David L. Gregg Democratic 1850-04-02 1853-01-10 Cook
12 Alexander Starne Democratic 1853-01-10 1857-01-12 Pike
13 Ozias M. Hatch Republican 1857-01-12 1865-01-16 Pike
14 Sharon Tyndale Republican 1865-01-16 1869-01-11 St. Clair
15 Edward Rummel Republican 1869-01-11 1873-01-13 Peoria
16 George H. Harlow Republican 1873-01-13 1881-01-17 Tazewell
17 Henry D. Dement Republican 1881-01-17 1889-01-14 Lee
18 Isaac N. Pearson Republican 1889-01-14 1893-01-10 McDonough
19 William H. Hinrichsen Democratic 1893-01-10 1897-01-11 Morgan
20 James A. Rose Republican 1897-01-11 1912-05-29 Pope Died
21 Cornelius J. Doyle Republican 1912-06-03 1913-02-03 Greene Appointed by Gov. Deneen
22 Harry Woods Democratic 1913-02-03 1914-10-11 Cook Died
23 Lewis G. Stevenson Democratic 1914-10-14 1917-01-08 McLean Appointed by Gov. Dunne
24 Louis L. Emmerson Republican 1917-01-08 1929-01-14 Jefferson
25 William J. Stratton Republican 1929-01-14 1933-01-09 Lake
26 Edward J. Hughes Democratic 1933-01-09 1944-06-28 Cook Died
27 Richard Yates Rowe Republican 1944-06-30 1945-01-08 Morgan Appointed by Gov. Green
28 Edward J. Barrett Democratic 1945-01-08 1953-01-12 Cook
29 Charles F. Carpentier Republican 1953-01-12 1964-04-03 Rock Island Died
30 William H. Chamberlain Democratic 1964-04-03 1965-01-11 Sangamon Appointed by Gov. Kerner
31 Paul Powell Democratic 1965-01-11 1970-10-10 Johnson Died
32 John W. Lewis, Jr. Republican 1970-10-13 1973-01-08 Clark Appointed by Gov. Ogilvie
33 Michael J. Howlett Democratic 1973-01-08 1977-01-10 Cook
34 Alan J. Dixon Democratic 1977-01-10 1981-01-03 St. Clair Resigned to become U.S. Senator
35 James Edgar Republican 1981-01-05 1991-01-14 Coles Appointed by Gov. Thompson; elected after
36 George H. Ryan Republican 1991-01-14 1999-01-11 Kankakee
37 Jesse White Democratic 1999-01-11 Cook Incumbent as of 2018

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Howlett, Michael J. (August 1977). Keepers of the Seal: a History of the Secretaries of State of Illinois and How Their Office Grew. Springfield, Illinois: State of Illinois. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  2. ^ a b c Illinois Blue Book (PDF) (2017-2018 ed.). Springfield, Illinois: Illinois Secretary of State. p. 362.
  3. ^ a b "Joseph Phillips - Previous Illinois Supreme Court Justice". Welcome to Illinois Courts. Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts for the Illinois Supreme Court. Retrieved 2019-02-20.

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