John R. Tanner


Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois
pub. in 1920

John R. Tanner, twenty-first Governor elected, Republican, of Clay
county, Jan. 11, 1897, to Jan. 14, 1901, was born on a farm in Warwick county, Indiana, April 4, 1844. His English ancestors settled near Norfolk, Va., about the close of the 17th century. His great
grandfather, his grandfather and his father, each bearing the name John Tanner, died in the service of this country; the great-grandfather in the war of the Revolution, the grandfather in the in the war of 1812, and the father in the war of the Rebellion, in which last war the son, John R. Tanner, enlisted at the age of 19 in the 98th Illinois Infantry, was transferred to the 61st , and served till the close of the war. Three of his brothers enlisted and two of them died in the service. After the war, Mr. Tanner married Miss Lauretta Ingraham and took up the life of a farmer in Clay county, Illinois. In 1870 he was elected sheriff and in 1874 circuit clerk of Clay county, in 1880 State Senator, and in 1886 State Treasurer. He was for a time United States marshal for the Southern district of Illinois, Railroad and Warehouse commissioner under Governor Fifer, and Assistant Treasurer at the United States Sub-treasury, Chicago. In 1896 he was elected Governor, receiving 587, 637 votes to 474,256 for John P. Altgeld, Democrat. In December of 1896 the Governor-elect married Miss Cora Edith English of Springfield. At the expiration of his term of office he declined to become a candidate for renomination. He died in Springfield May 3, 1901.

/Source: Illinois Blue Book 1903-04/

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