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William H. Bissell becomes the first Illinois governor to die in office

William Henry Bissell, engraving, detail
03/18/1860
Governor William Henry Bissell, the Republican governor of Illinois, died of pneumonia in the afternoon of this day. A decorated Mexican War officer and several term congressman, he was forty-seven years old.  Two days later, John Wood, the sitting lieutenant-governor, was sworn in as governor. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
 David L. Lightner, "Bissell, William Henry," American National Biography Online, February 2000, http://www.anb.org/articles/04/04-00107.html.

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