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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Peter Altgeld  

Pen Name: None

Genre: N/A

Born: 1847 in Westerwald, Germany

Died: 1902 in Joliet, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Altgeld was governor of Illinois from 1893-1897.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Peter Altgeld moved to Chicago where he founded a prosperous law firm that employed such rising stars as Clarence Darrow.He became the 20th Governor of the state of Illinois from 1893 until 1897. He was a leading figure of the Progressive movement, Altgeld improved workplace safety and child labor laws, and rejected calls in 1894 to break up the Pullman strike with force.


Published Works

  • Gov. John P. Altgeld's Pardon of the Anarchists and His Masterly Review of the Haymarket Riot, Nabu Press , reprinted 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 & 2016
  • Live questions: including Our penal machinery and its victims., Gale, Donohue & Henneberry, 1890, reprinted 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, & 2015
  • The Chicago Martyrs: The Famous Speeches Of The Eight Anarchists In Judge Gary's Court, October 7-9, 1886 (1899), Kessinger Publishing, LLC , reprinted 2009 & 2010
  • Live questions VI, 1899, reprinted 2010
  • Live questions VII, 1899, reprinted 2010
  • Oratory; its requirements and its rewards, 1901, reprinted 2010, 2014, 2015 & 2016
  • Oratory, The Public, 1901, reprinted 2012
  • The Cost of Something for Nothing , Chicago Hammersmark, 1904, reprinted 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016
  • Reason for Pardoning Fielden, Neebe and Schwab... reprinted 2010, 2011, 2013 & 2016
  • Hints on public speaking , Haldeman-Julius Co , 1923
  • How to be an orator , Haldeman-Julius Co , 1922
  • Mind and Spirit of John Peter Altgeld: Selected Writings and Addresses , Ayer Co Pub, 1960
  • The Autobiography Of Mother Jones , Charles H Kerr, 1996


Selected Titles At Your Library

The mind and spirit of John Peter Altgeld :
ISBN: 0836918606. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. 1960.

The autobiography of Mother Jones /
ISBN: 0882861670. OCLC Number:

C.H. Kerr Pub. Co.,. Chicago :. 1990.