FARNSWORTH, John Franklin

FARNSWORTH, John Franklin
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


FARNSWORTH, John Franklin, a Representative from Illinois; born in Eaton, Canada, March 27, 1820; completed preparatory studies; settled in Ann Arbor, Mich.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1841 and commenced practice at St. Charles, Ill.; moved to Chicago, Ill.; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1861); was not a candidate for renomination in 1860; served in the Union Army during the Civil War; commissioned colonel of the Eighth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, September 18, 1861; brigadier general of Volunteers December 5, 1862; resigned March 4, 1863, to take up his duties as Congressman; elected to the Thirty-eighth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1873); chairman, Committee on Post Office and Post Roads (Fortieth through Forty-second Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1872; resumed the practice of law in Chicago, Ill.; moved to Washington, D.C., in 1880 and continued the practice of law until his death on July 14, 1897; interment in North Cemetery, St. Charles, Ill.

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External Research Collections

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Springfield, IL
Papers: 1861, 1 item. A letter from J. F. Farnsworth to an unidentified recipient written on March 1, 1861. In the letter, J. F. Farnsworth recommends Simeon Whiteley for a position with the administration. The letter was also signed by E. B. Washburne and O. Lovejoy.
Papers: In the Illinois 8th Cavalry Regiment Order Book, 1862-1866, 1 volume. The volume includes the orders of Colonel J. F. Farnsworth for the 8th Regiment, 1st Battalion while at Camp Illinois in Washington, D.C., Camp California, Alexandria in Virginia. The volume includes summaries of court martial cases and outcomes, mostly involving drunkenness, absence without leave and disobedience of orders. The book also contains the minutes of meetings of the Grand Army of the Republic, Whiteside District, Morrison, Illinois.

The Morgan Library

New York, NY
Papers: In the F. P. Cuppy Papers, 1869, 1 item. A letter from F. P. Cuppy to J. F. Farnsworth written on April 9, 1869. In the letter, J. F. Farnsworth recommends E. Jeffords as Circuit Judge for the Firth District.
Papers: In the Morton Smith Wilkinson Papers, 1870, 1 item. A letter from Morton Smith Wilkinson to J. A. J. Creswell written on February 1, 1870. In the letter, Morton Smith Wilkinson recommends John M. Lamb for a position in the Post Office Department.
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