Lorenzo BRENTANO, Congress, IL (1813-1891)


BRENTANO, Lorenzo, a Representative from Illinois; born in Manneheim, Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany, November 4, 1813; studied jurisprudence in the Universities of Heidelberg and Freiburg and was graduated; practiced before the supreme court of Baden; elected to the Chamber of Deputies and in 1848 to the Frankfort Parliament; president of the provisional republic established by the revolutionists in 1849; sentenced to imprisonment for life after the failure of the revolution, but sought refuge in the United States; settled in Kalamazoo County, Mich., and engaged in agricultural pursuits; moved to Chicago in 1859; was admitted to the bar in 1859 and commenced practice in Chicago, Ill; became editor in chief and principal proprietor of the Illinois Staats-Zeitung; member of the State house of representatives in 1862; member of the Chicago Board of Education 1862-1868; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864; appointed United States consul at Dresden in 1872 and served until April 1876; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1879); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1878; engaged in literary pursuits; died in Chicago, Ill., September 18, 1891; interment in Graceland Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present