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  • C. Wayland Brooks Collection

Charles Wayland Brooks represented the state of Illinois in the United States Senate from 1940-1949. Brooks unsuccessfully ran for Illinois governor against incumbent Henry Horner in 1936. He won election to the United States Senate in 1940 to fill a vacancy left after the death of J. Hamilton Lewis. He won reelection in 1942. While serving in the United States Senate, Brooks married his second wife, Mary Thomas Peavey, who served as director of the United States Mint from 1969-1977. Brooks lost his bid for reelection to the Senate in 1948 and returned to Chicago where he died in 1957.

Photographs in this collection include images of campaign appearances and portraits of C. Wayland Brooks.

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