The New International Encyclopædia/Springer, William McKendree

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SPRINGER, William McKendree (1836—). An American jurist and political leader, born at New Lebanon, Ind. He graduated at the Indiana State University in 1858, and for the next four years was a newspaper correspondent and editor. He was admitted to the bar in 1859, and in 1872 became a member of the Illinois Legislature. From 1875 to 1895 he was a member of Congress, where he introduced a resolution which was carried by a large majority, declaring that it would be “unwise, unpatriotic, and fraught with peril to our free institutions” for one man to serve more than two terms in the Presidency. From 1895 to 1899 he was United States Judge of the Northern District of Indian Territory and Chief Justice of the United States Court of Appeals there.