★ ★  Oglesby, Richard J.

Richard James Oglesby

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Born: July 25, 1824

Birthplace: Floydsburg, Kentucky

Father: Jacob Oglesby 1791 – 1833

Isabel Watson 1792 – 1833

1st Wife: Anna Elizabeth White 1835 – 1868
(Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Decatur, Illinois)​

2nd Wife: Emma Susan Gillett 1845 – 1928
(Buried: Elkhart Cemetery, Elkhart, Illinois)​



Richard “Dickey” Oglesby 1859 – 1865​
(Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Decatur, Illinois)​
Anna “Little Sissie” Oglesby 1861 – 1862​
(Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Decatur, Illinois)​
Olive Olga Oglesby Snider 1863 – 1950​
(Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Decatur, Illinois)​
Robert Oglesby 1865 – 1928​
(Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Decatur, Illinois)​
Richard James Oglesby Jr. 1874 – 1913
(Buried: Elkhart Cemetery, Elkhart, Illinois)​
Felicite Louise Oglesby Bolognetti 1874 – 1954​
(Buried: Campo Cestio, Rome, Italy)​
John Dean Gillett Oglesby 1878 – 1939​
(Buried: Elkhart Cemetery, Elkhart, Illinois)​
Jasper Ernest “Jap” Oglesby 1882 – 1935​
(Buried: Latham Cemetery, Elkhart, Illinois)​

Occupation before War:

Farmer, rope – maker and carpenter in Decatur, Illinois​
1846 – 1847: 1st Lt. Company C, 4th Illinois Volunteers​
1847: Served in the Battle of Vera Cruz, Mexico​
1847: Helped Captured Santa Anna’s Cork Leg at Battle of Cerro Gordo​
1849: Participated in the California Gold Rush​
1858: Unsuccessful Candidate for United States Congressman​
1860: Illinois State Senator​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1862: Colonel of 8th Illinois Infantry Regiment​
Known to his troops as “Uncle Dick”​
1862: Served under Grant at the Battle of Fort Henry, Tennessee​
1862: Served under Grant at the Battle of Fort Donelson, Tennessee​
1862: Brigadier General, Union Army Volunteers​
1862: Wounded in the chest and back at Siege of Corinth, Mississippi​
1862 – 1864: Major General of Union Army Volunteers​
1863: Left Wing Commander in Western Tennessee & North Mississippi​
1864: Resigned from the Union Army to run for Governor of Illinois​
1865 – 1869: Governor of Illinois​
1865: Present in the room when President Lincoln died
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Occupation after War:

1865 – 1869: Governor of Illinois​
Advocate for improving quality care of mentally ill and disabled​
1869 – 1872: Attorney in Decatur, Illinois​
1873: Governor of Illinois​
1873 – 1879: United States Senator from Illinois​
1875 – 1879: Senate Chairman of Committee on Public Lands​
1879 – 1885: Attorney in Decatur, Illinois​
1885 – 1889: Governor of Illinois​
1889 – 1899: Lived at his farm called Oglehurst in Elkhart, Illinois​

Died: April 24, 1899

Place of Death: Oglehurst Farm in Elkhart, Illinois

Cause of Death: Bad health

Age at time of Death: 74 years old

Burial Place: Elkhart Cemetery, Elkhart, Illinois
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
An original member of the Republican Party.He returned from the Gold Rush and joined the fledgling Party. He failed in the run for U S congressman but did get elected to the Illinois State Legislature. It was this seat he resigned from to join the Union Army.,


Jul 14, 2010
Oglesby's second wife was a Gillett whose father was a large land owner and cattle raiser in Logan county,IL This helped put him on the map and keep him there. Elkhart Hill is a very prominent hill on otherwise flat ground along the Chicago & Alton or GM&O or Union Pacific tracks one county away from Sangamon County and Springfield.
Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
He was both Governor and Senator in 1873, he served as Governor for just a few days (January 13 to January 23) before resigning to take a seat in the U.S. Senate. He was Governor for a third time from January 30,1885 to January 14, 1889. He then tried to take his old Senate seat back. After failing at that , he retired from politics.