John Oglesby Collection


John Oglesby Collection


Oglesby, John G. (John Gillett), 1878-1938
Illinois. General Assembly. House of Representatives
Illinois. Office of Lieutenant Governor
Lieutenant governors


John Gillett Oglesby was the third child born to Illinois Governor Richard Oglesby and, his second wife, Emma Gillett Keays Oglesby.  He was born in Decatur, Illinois and attended Harvard for two years until war was threatened with Spain.  He left school and joined the military, serving as Captain of Troop K, First Illinois Cavalry and continued in the militia after the war to obtain the rank of colonel.  He served as private secretary to Governor Richard Yates, Jr. (1901-1904), member of the Illinois House of Representatives (1905-1908) and was elected lieutenant governor in 1908 and again in 1916.  He continued to be active in Republican politics until 1936.

The finding aid for the Oglesby Family Papers, 1845-1938 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library may be found at

Photographs in this collection include individual portraits, images of John Oglesby during his military services, and candid photos of several individuals.

Collection Items

George Siberthorne, Mary Cass, Frank Siberthorne, Edith Young, and John Oglesby
George Siberthorne, Mary Cass, Frank Siberthorne, Edith Young, and John Oglesby pose for a group photo at Mackinac Island, Michigan.

Group at the Illinois River
A large group of people pose for a group photo near the Illinois River. The writing around the photo reads (beginning on left edge, counter-clockwise), "1902- JGO, Col. Bartlett, Col. Davis, Capt. William Jasper, [ ], Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Conkley, [ ], […

W. G. Converse Farm
Two men stand amidst a group of sheep on W. G. Converse's farm in Shelby County. On verso: "Be careful this year and do not get mixed up with the goats."

A ship sits docked in Veracruz.The writing on the front of the photo reads, "From New Orleans Nov 21 - 11 a.m., Arrive Veracruz Nov 24 9:30 a.; Sara Felis Sandro."

Officer's School
Members of a military officer's school, including instructor Col. Harper and John Oglesby, sit outside.

Governors Tax Commission
Governors Tax Commission members meet at the Stevens Hotel in Chicago. John Oglesby is seated at the far right end of the photograph.

Mrs. Converse Slatey, Children, and John G. Oglesby
Mrs. Converse Slatey and her children, Mamie and Billy, pose for a photo with John G. Oglesby at Oglehurst, the Oglesby family estate in Elkhart.

Mabel Jackson
Mabel Jackson and an unidentified woman pose for a photo in their bathing suits.

George Hoadly Campaign Poster
A campaign poster features a portrait of George Hoadly, Democratic nominee for Governor of Ohio. Hoadly went on to win the election, and served as the 36th Governor of the state of Ohio, 1884-1886.

Thomas Pope Hodnett
Reverend Thomas Pope Hodnett, pastor of St. Malachy's Church in Chicago, sits for a portrait.

Leigh Garrett
Leigh Garrett, of Elkhart, poses for a portrait wearing his United States Navy uniform.

Miss Crump
Miss Crump of the Crumperie, located in Greenwich Village at 229 West Fourth Street, smiles for a portrait.

S. H. Barcley
Colonel S. H. Barcley poses for a portrait wearing his military uniform.

John Oglesby
John Oglesby sits on a horse at Camp Lincoln in Springfield. On verso: "1st Lieut. of Cavalry; A-D-C to Governor of Illinois and 2nd Brigade I.N.G. August 1897. 'Dick' owned by W. Leach- Elkhart"

John Oglesby
John Oglesby sits in front of a tent at Camp George H. Thomas in Georgia while serving as a Captain with the 1st Illinois Volunteer Cavalry. On verso: "John D. G. Oglesby; Captain 1st Ill. Vol. Cav; Comdg. 3rd Squadron, Camp Geo. H. Thomas, Georgia.…
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