Charles A. Jean Papers, 1927-1970
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Brief Description:

The Charles A. Jean papers consist largely of correspondence between Jean and members of the Republican Party organization in Illinois. This includes a large number of letters from Senator Everett Dirksen and his special assistants, the state senators, state represenatives, chairmen of each Southern Illinois Republican county central committee, and various other Republican state and county officials. A selected name index has been prepared to assist the researchers in finding letters from a specific person. Although the dates of the collection are 1927-1970, the majority of the correspondence is from 1959-1960 and concerns the 1960 national and local elections.

Also included in the collection are lists of Republican County Chairpersons and delegates to conventions, election data, political broadsides, published matter, and newsclippings.

Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 4/3/PP38
Created by: Jean, Charles A., (1886-1971.)
Volume: 1.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 07/14/1977.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
Biographical Note for Jean, Charles A., (1886-1971.) :

Charles Arthur Jean, 1886-1971, was born and raised in Union County, Illinois. In 1927 he opened his own food brokerage Company in Anna, Jean & Co., which at one time was the largest sugar brokerage concern in the Midwest. He married Lula Owens in 1907 and subsequently had three sons, Harold O. (deceased 1959), Charles Norvell, Robert C., and one daughter, Alice Louise who died in infancy. After the death of his wife in 1946, Jean married Lorena Drummond on April 2, 1950.

Jean was active in community affairs. He was a member of the Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church and served on the Church Council,. He was also a member of the Masonic Order, Ainad Shrine. In addition, Jean served at various times as a member of the Anna Fair Board and as a member of the Anna School Board. During the Depression he was chairmen of a local committee to dispense emergency food and clothing to the needy, and during World War II was chairman of the local draft board. For a time, he served as Anna Postmaster.

More relevant to this collection, however, is the extent of Jean's involvement in politics. Locally, Jean served as county chairmen of the Union County Republican Committee from 1926-1952. From 1943-1952 he was a member of the executive committee of the Illinois Republican County Chairman's Association. Subsequently, he served as a member of the Republican State Central Committee from the 25th District, 1952-1960.

At the state level, Jean was appointed a member of the new Illinois Super-Highway Commission in 1943. In 1957 he was appointed to the a special consultant to the State Department of Finance to make a survey and offer recommendations for improved efficiency in state procedures.  In addition, Jean participated in national politics by serving as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1948.

At the age of 84, Charles A. Jean died in Anna on March 8, 1971.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Elections. - Illinois - History
Elections. - United States - History
Illinois - Politics and government
Republican Party (Ill.)
Republican Party (Ill.) - History
Genres/Forms of Material
Dirksen, Everett McKinley - Correspondence
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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Related Materials: Was MSS 129.
PreferredCitation: Jean Charles papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.