Authentic 1920s Lennington Small Illinois Gubernatorial Campaign Pinback

Authentic 1920s Lennington Small Illinois Gubernatorial Campaign Pinback

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Authentic 1920 or 1924 89Lennington Small Illinois Gubernatorial Campaign Pin, Pin reads only "Small" in blue print on a red, white and blue background. The pin is approximately 1/2" in diameter and in great condition as seen in the photo! It was produced by an unknown company most likely in Illinois. There is a makers mark imprinted in the backside of the metal pin.
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Authentic 1920 or 1924 Lennington Small Illinois Gubernatorial Campaign Pin, Pin reads only "Small" in blue print on a red, white and blue background. The pin is approximately 1/2" in diameter and in great condition as seen in the photo! It was produced by an unknown company most likely in Illinois. There is a makers mark imprinted in the backside of the metal pin.

Lennington Small (June 16, 1862 – May 17, 1936) was the 26th Governor of Illinois. Serving from 1921 to 1929. He also served as a member of the Illinois State Senate from the 16th District from 1901 to 1903 and was Illinois state treasurer, 1905-07 and 1917-19. Small was born in Kankakee County, Illinois. Lennington Small was indicted, while governor, for embezzling $600,000 and running a money-laundering scheme when he was state treasurer. He was acquitted, but four jurors later got state jobs, raising suspicions of jury tampering.

As governor he pardoned 20 members of the Communist Labor Party convicted under the Illinois Sedition act. He also pardoned or paroled over 1000 convicted felons, including Harry Guzik of Posen, who was convicted of kidnapping young girls and forcing them into lives of prostitution. In 1923 bootlegger Edward "Spike" O'Donnell of the Southside Chicago O'Donnells was released from prison by Small. O'Donnell returned to Chicago as the leader of one of the most powerful bootlegging gangs in the city. He died May 17, 1936. He is buried at Mound Grove Cemetery, Kankakee.

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