Governor Horner State Memorial honors Henry Horner (1878-1940),
who served as Illinois’ thirtieth governor. In 1914 he was
appointed judge of the Probate Court of Cook County. A Democrat,
he was elected governor in 1932, reelected in 1936, and died before
completing his second term. A great admirer of Abraham Lincoln,
Horner bequeathed his magnificent collection of Lincoln material
to what is today the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.
The Governor Horner memorial consists of a granite monument, designed
by Chicago sculptor John Brcin. The front side bears a bas relief
representing Horner during his years as probate judge. Behind him
is a figure of Justice, and before him are widows and orphans whose
cause he championed. The rear side holds a large bronze plaque of
Horner standing in front of the statehouse. Inscriptions on both
sides extol his services as governor during the Great Depression.
The memorial stands in Chicago Park District’s Horner Park.
Amy Martin, Director
Sunny Fischer, Chair
Daniel J. Arnold
Julia Sniderman Bachrach
D. Jeanie Cooke
Melinda Spitzer Johnston
Anthony J. Leone, Jr.
Dr. Shirley J. Portwood