SPRINGER, William McKendree

SPRINGER, William McKendree
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


SPRINGER, William McKendree, a Representative from Illinois; born near New Lebanon, Sullivan County, Ind., May 30, 1836; moved to Jacksonville, Ill., with his parents in 1848; attended the public schools in New Lebanon and Jacksonville and the Illinois College at Jacksonville; was graduated from the University of Indiana at Bloomington in 1858; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1859 and practiced in Lincoln and Springfield, Ill.; secretary of the State constitutional convention in 1862; traveled in Europe 1868-1871; member of the State house of representatives in 1871 and 1872; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and to the nine succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1895); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses), Committee on Elections (Forty-sixth Congress), Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Justice (Forty-eighth Congress), Committee on Claims (Forty-ninth Congress), Committee on Territories (Fiftieth Congress), Committee on Ways and Means (Fifty-second Congress), Committee on Banking and Currency (Fifty-third Congress); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; again resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C., in 1895; United States judge for the northern district of Indian Territory and chief justice of the United States Court of Appeals of Indian Territory by appointment of President Cleveland 1895-1900; again engaged in the practice of his profession in Washington, D.C., where he died on December 4, 1903; interment in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Ill.

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

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External Research Collections

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Springfield, IL
Papers: 1874-1891. 8 items. Letters as Congressman, particularly regarding appointments to Territorial judgeships. Finding aid in repository.

Chicago History Museum
Research Center

Chicago, IL
Papers: 1861-1904. ca. 1,000 items. Correspondence (official and personal), legal papers and judicial decisions, speeches, bills, and receipts. Unpublished guide in library.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: December 7, 1894. 1 official letter. Finding aid in repository.
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Committee Assignments

  • House Committee - Ways and Means - Chair
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