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Military Funeral Today for Gov. Horner

October 8, 1940
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A military funeral will be held Tuesday morning, with hundreds of persons from every walk of life attending, for Governor Henry Horner, who died at his home in suburban Winnetka early Sunday morning at the age of 61 after a long illness. Rabbi Louis I. Mann of Sinai Temple, the Governor’s congregation, will conduct the service, assisted by a Catholic priest and Protestant minister. The body was lying in state today at a local armory.

Governor Horner will be buried beside his mother’s grave in Mt. Mayriv Cemetery. He is survived by two brothers and four cousins. He was unmarried.

The Governor was the son of Solomon A. Levy and Dilah Horner Levy. He took his mother’s maiden name when the parents separated in 1892. Born in Chicago, he was educated here and began the practice of law in 1898. He entered public life in 1914 when he was elected probate judge. After 18 years on the bench he ran for governor and won, despite the opposition of the strong Kelly-Nash machine. Anti-Semitism was one of the weapons used against him during the bitter campaign.

Governor Horner was active in Jewish affairs, being a leader of various Jewish philanthropic organizations and an honorary chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee. He was also active in legal organizations and was known for his deep interest in the life of Abraham Lincoln.

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