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Petition of the State Grange of Illinois, January 1, 1898

Petition of the State Grange of Illinois, January 1, 1898

Ten years after sending a petition to Congress stating their support for direct election, the State Grange of Illinois sent another petition with decidedly stronger language. Referring to the reputation the Senate had obtained for being a “millionaire's club,” and to the expensive campaigns waged to obtain the votes of state legislators for a senate seat, the Illinois Grange demanded direct election to make the Senate “more directly accountable to the people.”

Petitions referred to the Committee on Privileges and Elections (SEN 55A-J29) Records of the U.S. Senate, RG 46

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