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Found a Chicago Tribune article dated 30 April 1910 (behind a pay wall) that seems to corroborate at least part of the story:  I also found a couple of other sources that summarize the content of the Tribune story: , . He's also listed in this document, which lists all Illinois state legislators from 1818–2007: . So, he's not a hoax and he meets WP:POLITICIAN, but the fact remains that a sizable chunk of the article is unreferenced. —KuyaBriBriTalk 15:22, 19 February 2010 (UTC)