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 John Henry Stelle

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John Henry Stelle

  • Birth 10 Aug 1891 McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 5 Jul 1962 St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
  • Burial McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 6626008

37th Governor of Illinois. He was born on August 10, 1891 to Thompson B. and Laura (Blades) Stelle in McLeansboro, IL.  Stelle graduated from McLeansboro Township High School and Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He played professional baseball from 1908-1913 with several leagues. In 1916, He was admitted to the bar and started working in law at McLeansboro. In 1917, He volunteered for the World War and was commissioned a first lieutenant. In 1918, while fighting in France, he was promoted to captain. He was honorably discharged on May 19, 1919. In 1937, Stelle became the democratic Lt. Governor of Illinois under Governor Henry Horner. He became the 37th Governor of Illinois on October 6, 1940 after the death of Governor Horner and remained governor until 1941. On July 5, 1962, Stelle died in St. Louis, MO. His body was taken back to his hometown of McLeansboro where his funeral was conducted at the First Methodist Church under the direction of Gholson Funeral Home. Graveside military rights were conducted at the IOOF Cemetery east of the McLeansboro.

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  • Originally Created by: Scott Maxwell
  • Added: 21 Jul 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6626008
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Henry Stelle (10 Aug 1891–5 Jul 1962), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6626008, citing Odd Fellows Cemetery, McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .