John Peter Altgeld
John Peter Altgeld
December 29, 1847 - March 12, 1902
Governor of Illinois 1893-1897

For a short chronology of John Peter Altgeld's life click on the link "Altgeld chronology".

For Eric Zorn's site on Altgeld, with numerous quotations from Altgeld and many additional links click on "Altgeld's greatest hits".

For Clarence Darrow's funeral address at Altgeld's grave on March 14, 1902 click "Darrow address".

On March 13, 2002, at the annual celebration of the life of Darrow at the Darrow Bridge behind the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago the Clarence Darrow Commemorative Committee awarded for the first time its Governor John Peter Altgeld Courage in Government Award. It honors Governor George H. Ryan for his moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois.

Comments on this web site are very welcome (March13, 2002).
Altgeld's portrait from Lucy Parsons' book on Albert Parsons, 1903
My Favorite Links:
Altgeld chronology
Altgeld's greatest hits
Darrow's address
Name: Werner H. Baur