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Edward Lane (March 27, 1842 – October 30, 1912) was an American teacher, lawyer, judge and Democratic politician who served four terms in the United States House of Representatives from Illinois.

Edward Lane
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1895
Preceded byJohn R. Eden
Succeeded byJames A. Connolly
Personal details
Born(1842-03-27)March 27, 1842
Cleveland, Ohio
DiedOctober 30, 1912(1912-10-30) (aged 70)
Hillsboro, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, March 27, 1842, he moved to Illinois in May 1858 with his parents, who settled in Hillsboro, Montgomery County. Lane attended the common schools and graduated from Hillsboro Academy, then became a schoolteacher for several years. Lane then read law and was admitted to the Illinois bar in February 1865. He began his legal practice in Hillsboro and served as the city attorney for three years. Local voters elected him judge of the Montgomery County Court in November 1869, and he served until 1873. Lane won election as a Democrat to the Fiftieth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1895). He rose; chairman, Committee on Militia (Fifty-second Congress). Defeated for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress by Republican James A. Connolly, Lane resumed his legal practice in Hillsboro. Lane died on October 30, 1912, and was interred in Oak Grove Cemetery.

External linksEdit

  • Edward Lane, Historical Society of Montgomery County Illinois
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John R. Eden
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 17th congressional district

Succeeded by
James A. Connolly