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Joel Aldrich Matteson

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Joel Aldrich Matteson
10th Governor of Illinois
In office
January 10, 1853 – January 12, 1857
Preceded byAugustus C. French
Succeeded byWilliam Henry Bissell
Personal details
Born(1808-08-08)August 8, 1808
Watertown, New York
DiedJanuary 31, 1873(1873-01-31) (aged 64)
Chicago, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary Fish

Joel Aldrich Matteson (August 8, 1808 – January 31, 1873) was the 10th Governor of Illinois, serving from 1853 to 1857. In 1855, he became the first governor to live in the Illinois Executive Mansion. After his term as governor ended he was for many years the president of the Chicago and Alton Railroad. The last years of his life were marred by charges of corruption in the Canal Scrip Fraud case. The village of Matteson, Illinois is named in his honor.[1] Matteson was buried in Joliet, Illinois.

Matteson was born on August 8, 1808 in Watertown, New York. He was married to Mary Fish until his death in 1873. Matteson died on January 31, 1873 in Chicago, Illinois from pneumonia, aged 64.

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  1. Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, p. 77, 356.