William Cullen (representative)

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Congressman William Cullen

William Cullen (March 4, 1826 – January 17, 1914) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Born in County Donegal, Ireland, Cullen immigrated to the United States in 1832 with his parents, who settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he attended the public schools and the Allegheny Academy. He later relocated to Adams Township, LaSalle County, Illinois, in 1846 and engaged in agricultural pursuits. Sheriff of LaSalle County, Illinois (1864-65). He moved to Ottawa, Illinois, in 1865, and worked as the political editor of the Ottawa Republican 1871-1887. Cullen was elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh and Forty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1885).

Cullen was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1884. He lived in retirement in Ottawa, Illinois, until his death there January 17, 1914. He was interred in Ottawa Avenue Cemetery.[citation needed]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Philip C. Hayes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas J. Henderson
Preceded by
Lewis E. Payson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Ralph Plumb