C. Wayland Brooks Collection


C. Wayland Brooks Collection


Brooks, Charles Wayland, 1897-1957
United States. Congress. Senate


Charles Wayland Brooks represented the state of Illinois in the United States Senate from 1940-1949. Brooks unsuccessfully ran for Illinois governor against incumbent Henry Horner in 1936. He won election to the United States Senate in 1940 to fill a vacancy left after the death of J. Hamilton Lewis. He won reelection in 1942. While serving in the United States Senate, Brooks married his second wife, Mary Thomas Peavey, who served as director of the United States Mint from 1969-1977. Brooks lost his bid for reelection to the Senate in 1948 and returned to Chicago where he died in 1957.

Photographs in this collection include images of campaign appearances and portraits of C. Wayland Brooks.

Collection Items

C. Wayland Brooks
Senator C. Wayland Brooks poses for a portrait. Photo signature: "To my good friend Congressman Bill Stratton with esteem and Best wishes, C. Wayland Brooks."

Hugh W. Cross, C. Wayland Brooks, Mary Elizabeth Thomas Peavey Brooks, and George Evan Howell
Senator C. Wayland Brooks (2nd from left) and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Thomas Peavey Brooks (2nd from right), attend a Republican Day event at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Seated to the left is the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, Hugh W.…

C. Wayland Brooks
Senator C. Wayland Brooks poses for a portrait wearing a pin striped suit.

1936 Illinois Republican Political Candidates
Twelve Illinois Republican candidates for public office in 1936 pose for a group photo. On verso: "Left to right: Geo. Hatzenbuhler, Lt. Gov.; A. J. Bidwell, auditor; C. W. Brooks, gov.; John T. Dempsey, congressman; O. F. Glenn, U. S. Senator;…

1936 Campaign Appearance
Crowds stand by as Springfield mayor John W. Kapp, Jr. greets 1936 gubernatorial candidate C. Wayland Brooks (left, back seat), his wife, Gertrude Ackerly Brooks (middle, back seat), and U. S. Senator Otis F. Glenn (right, back seat).
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