Paul Powell of Illinois: A Lifelong Democrat

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November 1999



Paul Powell emerged from the hill country of southern Illinois to serve in state government from 1935 until his death in 1970. His political tenure included three terms as Speaker of the Illinois House, four terms as minority leader, and two terms as secretary of state. The sponsor of hundreds of bills, he worked tirelessly for his constituents in southern Illinois. He also worked tirelessly to promote his own interests.In this first political biography of Powell, Robert E. Hartley follows the money. He tells how this man of humble origins and meager means amassed a world-class political and financial base. Part of that story is the disclosure of a personal fortune that boggled minds, including the unbelievable yarn of the $800,000 cash found in the hotel room following Powell's death.Powell never earned a state salary of more than $30,000 per year; yet in the last year of his life, his federal income tax return showed an income of more than $200,000. At his death his estate totaled $3.2 million, and, when settled in 1978, was worth $4.6 million, including nearly $1 million in racetrack stock.Paul Powell of Illinois features thirteen black-and-white photographs.


Robert E. Hartley was a journalist for the Lindsay-Schaub Newspapers in Illinois from 1962 to 1979. Currently residing and writing near Denver, he is the author of "Charles H. Percy: A Political Perspective" and "Big Jim Thompson of Illinois."
EAN: 9780809322725
ISBN: 0809322722
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 1999
Seitenanzahl: 229 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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