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John Peter Altgeld

Citizen, Volunteer Soldier, Lawyer, Judge, Orator

 

—Governor of Illinois —

 
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By William Fischer, Jr., April 9, 2016
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Inscription.

Born December 30, 1847
Died March 12, 1902

These Tablets Containing
Selections from his
Public Utterances
are dedicated by
The John P. Altgeld
Memorial Association
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"I have given Illinois four of my best years, and have brought all my offerings to her altar. Had it been necessary, I should have considered life itself a small sacrifice in her interest."
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"If the defendants had a fair trial, there ought to be no interference; for no punishment under our laws could then be too severe. But they did not have a fair trial. The evidence utterly fails to connect the unknown who threw the bomb with the defendants; and I am convinced that it is my duty to act."
Pardon of Chicago 'Anarchists' 1893.
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"Under the law as you assume it to be, a President, through any of his appointees, can apply to himself to have the military sent into any city, and base his application on such representations as he sees fit. This assumption is new, and I submit that it is not the law of the land. The jurists tell us this
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is a Government of law, and not a Government by caprice of any individual."
Message to President Cleveland 1894.
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"I am not discouraged. Things will right themselves. The pendulum swings one way, and then another, but the steady pull of gravitation is toward the center of the earth. Any structure must be plumb if it is to endure. So it is with Nations; Wrong may seem to triumph, Right may seem to be defeated, but the gravitation of Eternal Justice is toward the throne of God. Any political institution which is to endure must be plumb with that line of Justice."
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"The doctrine that 'might makes right' has covered the earth with misery. While it crushes the weak, it also destroys the strong. Every deception, every cruelty, every wrong, reaches back sooner or later and crushes its author. Justice is moral health, bringing happiness; wrong is moral disease, bringing moral death."
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"Compromisers, traders and neutral men never correct abuses, never found or save free institutions, and never fight for human rights."
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"Republican
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Institutions and Government by Injunction cannot both exist in the same country. They are opposite in character, and one or the other must die."
 
Erected by The John P. Altgeld Memorial Association.
 
Location. 41° 57.657′ N, 87° 39.529′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker is on Woodlawn Avenue south of Maple Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Monument is in Graceland Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4001 North Clark Street, Chicago IL 60613, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Louis Henri Sullivan (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Earl Seymour Wharton Reebie (about 500 feet away); Claude Seymour Reebie (about 500 feet away); Getty Tomb (about 700 feet away); Allan Pinkerton (approx. ¼ mile away); John A. "Jack" Johnson (approx. ¼ mile away); Graves Family Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Joseph R. Scott (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
 
Also see . . .
1. John Peter Altgeld and the Haymarket Riot. (Submitted on May 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Pardon of the Haymarket Prisoners by Governor Altgeld. (Submitted on May 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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3. John Peter Altgeld. (Submitted on May 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. John Altgeld at Graceland Cemetery. (Submitted on May 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Looking SW
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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