Joel Aldrich Matteson

Joel Aldrich Matteson (August 8, 1808 – January 31, 1873) was the tenth Governor of Illinois, serving from 1853 to 1857.[1] In 1855, he became the first governor to reside in the Illinois Executive Mansion. After his term as governor ended he was for many years the president of the Chicago and Alton Railroad.

Joel Aldrich Matteson
10th Governor of Illinois
In office
January 10, 1853  January 12, 1857
LieutenantGustav Koerner
Preceded byAugustus C. French
Succeeded byWilliam Henry Bissell
Personal details
Born(1808-08-08)August 8, 1808
Watertown, New York
DiedJanuary 31, 1873(1873-01-31) (aged 64)
Chicago, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary Fish

The last years of his life were marred by charges of corruption in the Canal Scrip Fraud case. The village of Matteson, Illinois is named in his honor.[2] Matteson was buried in Joliet, Illinois.


  1. Mardos Rietsch, Pam (2006). "Chapter Twenty-Two of the History of Southern Illinois" [P. 246 Governor Joel A. Matteson]. Mardos Memorial Library. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  2. Illinois Central Magazine. Illinois Central Railroad Company. 1922. p. 45.

This article incorporates facts obtained from: Lawrence Kestenbaum, The Political Graveyard

Political offices
Preceded by
Augustus C. French
Governor of Illinois
Succeeded by
William Henry Bissell

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