"Long John" Wentworth dominated Chicago politics from the time he arrived in the city as a young Jacksonian Democrat until he left public life as a Republican supporter of Abraham Lincoln. So-called for his six foot six inch height, "Long John" had been born in New Hampshire, graduated from Dartmouth College, and arrived in Chicago in 1836. He quickly became the editor of the Chicago Democrat and two years later owned the paper. Raucous and partisan as a newspaperman, he was elected in 1843 as the youngest, and tallest, member of the 24th Congress. His growing opposition to slavery, culminating in his vote against the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, ended his congressional career in 1854.
He became a Republican, stumping for Fremont in 1856 and supporting Lincoln in 1858 and 1860. He also served two terms as a flamboyant and heavy handed mayor of Chicago.Few fellow Republicans came to terms with his arbitrary style, ambition, and popularity and he was often at odds with others in the party. Abruptly, in 1861, after supporting Lincoln for president and then urging that no compromises with the South, he closed his newspaper and retired from public life. He spent his remaining decades tending to his 5000 acre estate, and writing on local history. His wife died in 1870 and only one of his five children was living when he himself died in October 1888. Characteristically, he had built a 72 feet obelisk, the tallest in the Rosehill Cemetery, to mark his last resting place. Father: Paul Wentworth 1782 - 1855. Mother: Lydia Cogswell 1793 - 1872. Wife: Roxana Marie Loomis 1817 - 1870.
(Buried: Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum Chicago Illinois). Married: November 13, 1844 in Troy New York.
Riley Loomis Wentworth 1845 - 1846. Marie Loomis Wentworth 1847 - 1849.Roxana Atwater Wentworth Bowen 1854 - 1935. (Buried: Oakwood Cemetery Troy New York). John Paul Wentworth 1857 - 1858.
1843 - 1855: Member of Democratic Political Party. 1857 - 1888: Member of Republican Political Party.Nickname: Long John due to his height of Six-foot Six-Inch frame. 1836: Graduated from Dartmouth CollegeDeath. 1841: Attended Harvard University Law School.
School Teacher and Newspaper Article Contributor. Law Clerk in Law Office in Chicago Illinois.Editor and Manager of Chicago Democrat Newspaper. 1837 - 1838: City Printer for the City of Chicago Illinois.
1838: Aide to Illinois Governor Carlin. 1841 - 1843: Attorney in Chicago Illinois. 1842: Received the Wentworth Letter from Joseph Smith. 1843 - 1851: United States Congressman from IllinoisDeath 1.
1843 - 1845: Member of House Territories Committee. 1845 - 1851: Member of House Interstate Commerce Committee. 1851 - 1853: Attorney in Chicago Illinois. 1853 - 1855: United States Congressman from Illinois. 1857 - 1863: Mayor for the City of Chicago Illinois.
1857: Charged with assaulting Attorney Charles Cameron. 1857: Leader of raid on "the sands" Chicago's red - light District the district caught fire and burned. 1861: Cook County Delegate Illinois State Constitutional Convention.
1863 - 1865: Attorney in Chicago Illinois. 1865 - 1867: United States Congressman from Illinois. 1865 - 1867: Member of House Roads and Canals Committee.1865 - 1867: Member of House Ways and Means CommitteeFuneral. 1865 - 1867: Member of House Ways and Means Committee. 1867 - 1888: Attorney in Chicago Illinois. Place of Death: Chicago Illinois. Cause of Death: Softening of the brain. Age at time of Death: 73 years old. Burial Place: Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum Chicago Illinois.
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