US Congressman. Nicknamed "Uncle Joe", he was elected to represent 4 different Illinois Districts in the United States House of Representatives for three different terms. In his first stretch in office from 1873 to 1891, he represented the 14th District from 1873 to 1883, then the 15th District from 1883 to 1891. Elected again in 1893, and serving until 1913, he represented again the 15th District from 1893 to 1895, then the 12th District from 1895 to 1903, then the 18th District from 1903 to 1913. His last stretch in office, from 1913 to 1923, saw him again represent the 18th District. From 1903 to 1911, he served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. In all, he served as total of 46 years in Congress.
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