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The Dealmakers of Downstate Illinois The Dealmakers of Downstate Illinois: Paul Powell, Clyde L. Choate, John H. Stelle Robert E. Hartley Southern Illinois University Press Carbondale Southern Illinois University Press Copyright © 2016 by Robert E. Hartley All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America 19 18 17 16 4 3 2 1 Cover illustrations (clockwise from top): Representative Paul Powell (left) with Southern Illinois University president Delyte Morris (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum [ALPLM]); Governor John Stelle on a mule presented to him by Sam Plant of Murphysboro (ALPLM); and Staff Sergeant Clyde L. Choate receiving the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman (National Archives; 111-SC-210881). Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Hartley, Robert E., author. Title: The dealmakers of downstate Illinois : Paul Powell, Clyde L. Choate, John H. Stelle / Robert E. Hartley. Other titles: Paul Powell, Clyde L. Choate, and John H. Stelle Description: Carbondale, IL : Southern Illinois University Press, [2016] | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2015034220| ISBN 9780809334742 (pbk. : alk. paper) | ISBN 9780809334759 (e-book) Subjects: LCSH: Illinois—Politics and government—1951– | Legislators—Illinois—Biography. | Illinois. General Assembly— Biography. | Powell, Paul, 1902–1970. | Choate, Clyde L., 1920–2001. | Stelle, John H., 1891–1962 | Politicians—Illinois—Biography. | Illinois— Politics and government—1865–1950. | Southern Illinois (Ill.)—Politics and government—20th century. | Southern Illinois (Ill.)—Biography. Classification: LCC F546.2 .H33 2016 | DDC 328.73/0922— dc23 LC record available at Printed on recycled paper. This paper meets the requirements of ANSI/NISO Z39.48-1992 (Permanence of Paper) For the readers: Mary, Bud, and D. G. ...


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