Academic journal article Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

Marker Dedications

Academic journal article Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

Marker Dedications

Article excerpt

The Illinois State Historical Society will unveil three new historical markers this fall. All commemorate the lives of Illinoisans who made significant contributions in their communities, state, and nation.

The first marker recognizes the life and achievement of John Huston Finley (1863-1940), and will he dedicated in Grand Ridge on October 15. Mr. Finley, who grew up on a farm near Grand Ridge, attended Ottawa High School and went to Knox College going on to graduate school at Johns Hopkins University. He later returned to Galesburg as President of Knox College, and in 1899 accepted the chair of politics at Princeton University. In 1903 he became president of City College of New York and in 1913, Commissioner or Education for New York State. In 1921 Finley became associate editor of the New York Times and later was named editor in chief. He wrote 8 books, received 32 honorary degrees, and is buried in Princeton Cemetery in New Jersey. The marker is co-sponsored by the Citizens of Grand Ridge, the Walgreen Company, and the Illinois State Historical Society.

The second marker commemorates the life and achievement of Florence Fifer Bohrer (1877-1960), the first woman elected to the Illinois Senate. A Republican from McLean County, Ms. Fifer Bohrer served two terms, from 1925 to 1933, in which she led efforts to revamp Illinois' child welfare laws and sponsored legislation creating the state park system. …

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