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Saline County

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Saline County

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  • Harrisburg Sunset Hill Cemetery

    Sunset Hill Cemetery
    Harrisburg, Saline County, Illinois
    Politicians buried here:
      Charles Henry Thompson (1882-1972) — also known as Charles H. Thompson — of Harrisburg, Saline County, Ill. Born near Mt. Vernon, Posey County, Ind., December 11, 1882. Republican. Lawyer; Saline County State's Attorney; member of Illinois state senate 51st District, 1927-35, 1939-43; justice of Illinois state supreme court, 1942-51; chief justice of Illinois state supreme court, 1945-46, 1949-50. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar. Died, in Doctors Hospital, Harrisburg, Saline County, Ill., November 26, 1972 (age 89 years, 351 days). Interment at Sunset Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Lewis Thompson and Emma (Monroe) Thompson; married 1914 to Ethel K. Knight; nephew of John L. Thompson.
      Hiram Robert Fowler (1851-1926) — also known as H. Robert Fowler — of Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Ill. Born near Eddyville, Pope County, Ill., February 7, 1851. Democrat. Member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1893-95; member of Illinois state senate, 1900-04; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1908; U.S. Representative from Illinois 24th District, 1911-15; defeated, 1924; in 1915, when the U.S. was still neutral in World War I, he was general counsel for "Labor's National Peace Council," which advocated a weapons embargo against the countries then at war; the organization secretly received funding from German agents; indicted in December 1915, along with Frank Buchanan, Frank S. Monnett, and others, for restraint of trade over the Peace Council's attempts to foment strikes in U.S. munitions plants; stood trial in May 1917, along with (ultimately) six co-defendants; the jury convicted three, but deadlocked over the other four, including Fowler; he was not re-tried. Died January 5, 1926 (age 74 years, 332 days). Interment at Sunset Hill Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      John L. Thompson (1852-1916) — of Harrisburg, Saline County, Ill. Born in Posey County, Ind., October 25, 1852. Lawyer; judge in 1899-1907. Died in Harrisburg, Saline County, Ill., May 9, 1916 (age 63 years, 197 days). Interment at Sunset Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Uncle of Charles Henry Thompson.

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