WILLIS, Albert Shelby

1843–1897

Biography

WILLIS, Albert Shelby, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Ky., January 22, 1843; attended the common schools, and was graduated from the Louisville (Ky.) Male High School in 1860; taught school four years; was graduated from the Louisville Law School in 1866; was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in Louisville; prosecuting attorney for Jefferson County 1874-1877; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1887); chairman, Committee on Rivers and Harbors (Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1886; resumed the practice of law; appointed Minister to Hawaii by President Cleveland in 1893 and served until his death in Honolulu, Hawaii, January 6, 1897; interment in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

The Filson Historical Society

Louisville, KY
Papers: ca. 1860-1897. 2 feet. Scattered collection of scrapbooks, letters, and a letter book (1893-1895) including his diplomatic correspondence as Minister to Hawaii. Finding aid in repository. Restricted.
Papers: In the Ernest Christian Bohne Memoir and Scrapbook, ca. 1870-1900, 0.75 cubic foot. Other authors include Albert S. Willis.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Walter Quintin Gresham Papers, 1857-1930, 10 linear feet. Correspondents include Albert S. Willis.

University of Kentucky Libraries

Lexington, KY
Microfilm: 1866-1886, 1 reel. This scrapbook of Albert Willis contains newspaper articles concerning Jefferson County and national politics from 1866-1886, along with other documents dealing primarily with politics. Materials include newspaper articles dealing with such topics as post-civil war issues, President Grant's administration, the Chinese immigration problem, election results, Willis' activities in Congress, as well as Kentucky and Jefferson County politics. Also included are printed speeches of Willis' letters, political pamphlets, posters, broadsides, and programs of concerts and plays.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Willis, Albert Shelby. The labor question in the present congress--what has been done and what ought to be done. Speech of Hon. Albert S. Willis, of Kentucky in the House of Representatives, Thursday, June 19, 1884. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1884.

___. A protest against another Bankrupt Law ... Speech of Hon. Albert S. Willis, of Kentucky, in the House of Representatives, Monday, May 19, 1884. [Washington: Government Printing Office, 1884].

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