Shelby Moore Cullom

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Shelby Moore Cullom was a U.S.
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 political figure, serving in various offices, including the United States House of Representatives
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, the United States Senate
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 and the 17th Governor of Illinois
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Cullom was born in 1829 in Monticello, Kentucky
Monticello, Kentucky
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, and moved to Springfield, Illinois
Springfield, Illinois
Springfield is the third and current capital of the US state of Illinois and the county seat of Sangamon County with a population of 117,400 , making it the sixth most populated city in the state and the second most populated Illinois city outside of the Chicago Metropolitan Area...

, in 1853. There he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1855. He practiced law in the city with Charles S. Zane
Charles S. Zane
Charles S. Zane was a legal associate of Abraham Lincoln, an anti-polygamy judge in the Territorial Supreme Court in Utah, and the first Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court after statehood.- Early life and education :...

, and was elected city attorney
City attorney
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 in 1855.

Cullom was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives
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 in 1856 and 1860–1861, serving as speaker of the house in 1861.

He was elected as a Republican
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 in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth
39th United States Congress
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, and reelected to the Fortieth
40th United States Congress
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 and Forty-first
41st United States Congress
-House of Representatives:- Senate :* President : Schuyler Colfax* President pro tempore: Henry B. Anthony - House of Representatives :* Speaker: James G. Blaine -Members:This list is arranged by chamber, then by state...

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 (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1871).

Cullom returned to the Illinois House of Representatives 1873-1874, and served as speaker in 1873.

In 1876, he was elected governor of Illinois and served in that office from 1877–1883, when he resigned to take office as a US senator. Cullom was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1882, and reelected in 1888, 1894, 1900 and 1906, serving from March 4, 1883 to March 3, 1913

As a U.S. senator, Cullom oversaw the passage of the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887. He believed that only the federal government had the power to force railroads to provide fair treatment to all of its customers, large and small. This was because corporations, such as Standard Oil
Standard Oil
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, had corrupted many of the railroad's officials into providing them with rebates, and as whole, the companies in question were more powerful than any state government. Cullom was appointed by President William McKinley
William McKinley
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 in July 1898 to the commission created by the Newlands Resolution
Newlands Resolution
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 to establish government in the Territory of Hawaii
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He died in 1914 in Washington, D.C.
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 and is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery
Oak Ridge Cemetery
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 in Springfield. Cullom was a close personal friend and associate of Jacob Bunn and John Whitfield Bunn, the Illinois industrialist brothers who contributed to the building of hundreds of millions of dollars of business enterprises by 1900.

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