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A SUCCINCT HISTORY
POLITICS OF ILLINOIS
FROM 1856 TO 1884,
WITH ANECDOTES AND INCIDENTS,
APPENDIX FROM 1809 TO 1856.
COMPLETE IN ONE VOLUME.
By D. W. LUSK.
F 541 .497
Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1883,
By D. W. LUSK,
in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. C.
H. W. ROKKER,
The purpose of the writer in presenting this volume to the public has been to put into convenient form the political history of the State, and to outline succinctly the National politics from the time Washington was elected President to the inauguration of President Arthur, together with anecdotes and incidents, bringing vividly to view the men and the measures that have contributed in giving Illinois so proud a position in the sisterhood of States. In the personal mention, the writer has not sought to elevate the character of one man by detracting from that of another; nor has he endeavored to belittle one political party for the purpose of reflecting lustre upon another; but has dealt impartially with both men and parties, and in a spirit of perfect candor and fairness, dealing only with the truth of history as he has found it. In the collation of facts the writer has been guided by the records as preserved in the archives of the State and the official publications of the National Government, which he has examined personally, and he hazards the belief that the volume will be found authentic and reliable in all its details.
Finally, he has not prepared a book for the hour, to be read and cast aside, but one which comprehends in
brief the history of the State for more than a quarter of a century-from 1856 to 1884-written from personal observation. In the Appendix, he has collected from the best sources and with absolute care the leading incidents and facts in the history of the Territory and State from 1809 and 1818 to 1856. In the seventy-five years in which Illinois has been a part of the government of the Nation she has ever occupied a prominent position, and her history is replete with many stirring and thrilling events, and her progress in all matters which tend to render a State grand or great has been marvelous, of which a faithful record is given.
SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, JUNE 1, 1884.
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