Lincoln Park is Chicago’s outdoor Statuary Hall. There are monuments all over the grounds. It’s a good place to relearn your history, because some of the statues are dedicated to forgotten notables.
For instance, take a look at the man in the rumpled suit on a hill near 2700 North Cannon Drive: That’s Richard Oglesby.
Say, wasn’t he governor back in the 1960s?
No, you're thinking of Richard Ogilvie. The metal man gazing out at Diversey Harbor was one of our governors, but many years earlier.
Richard James Oglesby was born in Kentucky in 1824. Orphaned as a young boy, he came to Illinois to live with an uncle in Decatur.
Oglesby worked at a variety of jobs, studied law, and moved into Republican politics. In 1860 he was elected to the Illinois Senate. When the Civil War broke out, he was appointed a colonel of infantry volunteers.
Oglesby rose in the ranks to larger commands, eventually becoming a major general. He was wounded in battle, and was a genuine war hero. In 1864 he resigned his commission to run for Governor of Illinois.