STRINGER, Lawrence Beaumont, a Representative from Illinois; born near Atlantic City, N.J., February 24, 1866;
moved with his parents to Lincoln, Ill., in 1876; attended the public schools; was graduated from
Lincoln University (later Lincoln College) in 1887; reporter on a local paper; member of the State
house of representatives 1890-1892; entered the Chicago College of Law (law department of Lake
Forest University), and was graduated in 1896; returned to Lincoln, Ill., in 1898 and commenced
practice; delegate to the Democratic State convention in 1900 and served as chairman; member of the
State senate 1900-1904; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Illinois in 1904;
appointed chief justice of the Illinois State Court of Claims in 1905 and served until 1913; unsuccessful
candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator in 1908; elected as a Democrat to
the Sixty-third Congress (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1915); did not seek renomination in 1914, but was
an unsuccessful candidate for United States Senator; resumed the practice of law; unsuccessful
candidate for justice of the supreme court of Illinois in 1924; elected judge of Logan County in 1918
and served until his death in Lincoln, Ill., December 5, 1942; interment in Union Cemetery.
BibliographyLindstrom, Andrew F. Lawrence Stringer: A Wilson
Democrat. Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 66 (Spring 1973): 20-40.