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Charles A. Jean Papers


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Title: Charles A. Jean Papers, 1927-1970Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1959-1960

ID: 4/3/PP38

Primary Creator: Jean, Charles A., (1886-1971.)

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Date Acquired: 07/14/1977

Subjects: Elections. - Illinois - History, Elections. - United States - History, Illinois - Politics and government, Republican Party (Ill.), Republican Party (Ill.) - History

Forms of Material: Correspondence., Dirksen, Everett McKinley - Correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Elections. - Illinois - History
Elections. - United States - History
Illinois - Politics and government
Republican Party (Ill.)
Republican Party (Ill.) - History

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 document boxes

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Related Materials: Was MSS 129.

Preferred Citation: Jean Charles papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Other Note: Old MSS 129

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Folder 1: Correspondence, July 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, August 1-15, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, August 17-30, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, September 3-15, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, Septemeber 19 -26, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, October 4-12, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, October 13-27, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, November 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, December 1960 and ca. 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, January - February 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, March - June 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence, July - September 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, October - November 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence, December 1961 and ca. 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence, January 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence, February - May 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence, July - October 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence, January 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence, March- September 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence, October-December 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence, January 1963 - June 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence, July 1966 - December 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence, January - May 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Correspondence, July - December 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence, January - February 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Correspondence, April - May 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Correspondence, June-December 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Correspondence, 1970 and n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Lists of Republican County Chairmen, Chairwomen and Committemen, 1952-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Lists of Delegates, 1945-1968Add to your cart.
This folder contains Lists of Delegates to the Republican State Convention, delegates to the Supreme Court Nominating Conventions and other lists.
Folder 31: Election Data, 1933-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Miscellaneous, circa 1930, December 1956- July 1964Add to your cart.
Proceedings of the Special Judicial Convention of the Republican Party in the first Supreme Court District of Illinois, Illinois Congressional District Map, Coincidences of the Assination of Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy, Department of Public Works
Folder 33: Broadsides, circa 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Published Matter, 1921 - 1968 (bulk of material is from 1955-1968)Add to your cart.
Summary of the Proceeding of the Council of the City of Anna, Illinois, United Republican Fund,  Illinois Republican News, Directory of Illinois State Officers,
Folder 35: Newspaper Clippings, 1928-1964 (bulk 1954-1964)Add to your cart.

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