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Alson Jenness Streeter (January 18, 1823 – November 24, 1901) was an American farmer, miner and politician who was the Union Labor Party nominee in the United States presidential election of 1888. Streeter, alongside his vice presidential running mate Charles E. Cunningham of Arkansas, finished fourth in a field of six[1] in the election, garnering 149,115 votes or 1.31 percent of the nationwide total.[2]

Alson Streeter
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Alson Jessup Streeter

(1823-01-18)January 18, 1823
Berlin, New York, U.S.
DiedNovember 24, 1901(1901-11-24) (aged 78)
New Windsor, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Greenback (1880)
Union Labor Party (1888)
Spouse(s)Deborah Boone
Susan Menold
Campaign poster from the 1888 Presidential race

Streeter was born on January 18, 1823 in Rensselaer County, New York, but spent the majority of his life in New Windsor, Illinois,[3][4] He attended Knox College in Illinois, and became a miner and farmer.

Streeter was elected as a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives for the 1873-1874 session from Mercer County.

In 1880 he was the Greenback Party nominee for Governor of Illinois, coming in third in a four-way race. He was elected as a Democrat to the Illinois State Senate for the 1885-1886 and 1887-1888 sessions[5][6]

He was married twice, to Deborah Boone Streeter and Susan Menold Streeter. Streeter had three sons and four daughters.[7] He died at his home at New Windsor of diabetes on November 24, 1901 and was interred in New Windsor Cemetery, in Mercer County, Illinois.[8]


  1. ^ W. Newcombe, Alfred (1945). "Alson J. Streeter: An Agrarian Liberal". Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society. 38 (4): 414. JSTOR 40188174.
  2. ^ 1888 Presidential General Election Results
  3. ^ Alson J. Streeter biography at the Political Graveyard
  4. ^ "Alson Jeness Streeter". Our Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  5. ^ Rose, James A., compiler and publisher. Blue Book of the State of Illinois 1909 Danville, Illinois: Illinois Printing Company, 1909; pp. 281, 292, 294, 338
  7. ^ "Alson Jennese Streeter". Our Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Streeter, Alson Jenness". Our Retrieved 16 August 2012.
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