REEVES, Walter, (1848 - 1909)


Campaign button, 1894-1900, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

REEVES, Walter, a Representative from Illinois; born near Brownsville, Fayette County, Pa., September 25, 1848; moved with his parents to Illinois in 1856, where they settled upon a farm in La Salle County; attended the public schools; taught school; studied law; was admitted to the bar in Mount Vernon, Ill., in 1875, and commenced practice in Streator, Ill.; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1903); chairman, Committee on Patents (Fifty-seventh Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1902; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor in 1900; resumed the practice of law; died in Streator, La Salle County, Ill., April 9, 1909; interment in Riverview Cemetery.