This page will show you the different famous people that are from Bloomington-Normal. Some of them were famous for their achievements, personality, history, and/ or events. Some of these people have different goals, education, history, and/or personal life during their times in Bloomington-Normal. And on each of these links of that famous person, you will know and find out about their education, goals, special accomplishments, and the history of themselves when they spend their time in Bloomington-Normal. Here are some of the names of these famous people from Bloomington-Normal.
Famous People of Bloomington
Abraham Lincoln practiced law in Springfield, Illinois, but made frequent visits to Bloomington on business. Oftentimes, he used an office in the second floor of the Miller-Davis building, Downtown Bloomington's oldest surviving structure.
Adlai Stevenson II
Adlai Stevenson II was the grandson of Adlai Stevenson, the Vice President of the United States under Grover Cleveland. He was raised in Bloomington and remained there until his junior year of high school. He was elected Governor of Illinois in 1948. Among his many contributions to the community are the improvement of state highways, his fight against illegal gambling and his reorganizing of the state police.
David Davis was an assistant Supreme Court Justice and served in the United States Senate beginning in 1862. He also temporarily took over presidency of the Senate after the assassination of President James A. Garfield. Davis moved to Bloomington, Illinois in 1835 to practice law and served in the Illinois House of Representatives in 1845. He also became a delegate of the Illinois Constitutional Convention of McLean County in 1847. He died in Bloomington in 1886 and was buried at the Evergreen Cemetery. Most of his family and descendants remain living in the area. His home, The David Davis Mansion, is a historical site.
Jesse Fell was an important Bloomington businessman and landowner. He played a crucial role in the development of the town and founded neaby towns such as Clinton and Towanda, Illinois. He was also one of the main contributors to the founding of Illinois State University. He was a close and personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, and it is rumored that he was the first person to encourage him to run for president and take on Stephen A. Douglas in the Lincoln-Douglas debates.
Leonard Swett was a civil and criminal lawyer who advised President Lincoln during most of his political career. He also championed and pioneered the insanity defense for accused criminals.