JAYNE, William (1826-1916)

JAYNE, WILLIAM, a Delegate from the Territory of Dakota; born in Springfield, Ill., October 8, 1826; completed preparatory studies at Illinois College, Jacksonville, Ill., and was graduated from the medical department of the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1849; commenced the practice of medicine in Springfield; mayor of Springfield 1859-1861; member of the State senate in 1860 but resigned in 1861 to accept the appointment of Governor of Dakota Territory from President Lincoln; served as Governor 1861-1863; presented credentials as a Delegate-elect to the Thirty-eighth Congress and served from March 4, 1863, to June 17, 1864, when he was succeeded by John B.S. Todd, who contested his election; returned to Springfield and continued the practice of medicine; served three terms as mayor of Springfield during the period 1865 to 1880; appointed by President Grant pension agent at Springfield and served from 1869 to 1873; resumed the practice of medicine; died in Springfield, Ill., on March 20, 1916; interment in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: 1829-1904, approximately 150 items.
The papers include correspondence, documents, receipts, certificates, deeds and miscellaneous papers. The bulk of the personal correspondence is letters to William Jayne from his brother-in-law, Lyman Trumbull, concerning family matters as well as state and national politics. Other material includes papers of William Jayne's father, Gershom Jayne, as well as letters written to William Jayne's wife, Julia Witherbee Jayne. Business papers include documents of political appointments and land transactions.


The Rosenbach Museum & Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the Abraham Lincoln Papers, 1856, 1 item.
A letter from Abraham Lincoln to John M. Palmer advising him to wait a while before declining publicly to run for Congress. The letter is also signed by others, including William Jayne.


State Historical Society of North Dakota
Bismarck, ND
Papers: In the Anton Heitmuller Collection, 1815-1912, 0.25 foot.
Persons represented include William Jayne.

Papers: In the Official Records of the Governor of the Dakota Territory, 1861-1889, 8.25 feet.
Governors represented include William Jayne. An inventory is available in the repository.