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Thomas Ewing - Legislators Project

Thomas (Tom) Ewing grew up in tiny Atlanta, Illinois in a farming family, and earned a law degree in 1968. From 1975 through 1991 he served in the Illinois House of Representatives, rooming with Dennis Hastert at the time. In 1991 he moved to the U.S. House of Representatives following a special election, once again rooming with Hastert. He represented Illinois' 15th district until 2000 during a period when the Republicans took control of the House in 1995, and during the fights over welfare reform and the budget. He voted to impeachment President Bill Clinton. He actively supported Hastert's successful bid to become Speaker in 1999.

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Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Early life and election to the IL House of Representatives in 1974

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Years in the Illinois House from 1975 through 1984

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Service in the IL House until 1991 & election to the U.S. House

Interview Session 04 (Audio)

Service in U.S. House during Bush '41 and thru 1995 and Republican majority

Interview Session 05 (Audio)

Clinton impeachment thru retirement from the U.S. House in late 1990

Interview Session 06 (Audio)

Retirement year activities and memories of 9-11

Interview Session 07 (Audio)

Reflections on U.S. and Illinois politics since 2000

Photos

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Tom sits on his mother’s lap (Harriet Ewing) in 1936.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1936

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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From left to right are Kenneth Dye, Mary Jane Connell and Willie Dye in Atlanta, circa 1935. Ken flew transport aircraft over the hump during WW II, while Willie was a fighter pilot who was shot down over Italy, then evaded capture.

Where:

Atlanta, IL

When:

Circa 1935

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Tom Ewing on November 11, 1937 at his home in Atlanta, Illinois.

Where:

Atlanta, IL

When:

1937

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Sam and Harriet Ewing with their two boys, Nate and Tom, in the backyard of their Atlanta, Illinois home.

Where:

Atlanta, IL

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Grandmother Ottie Irish with Tom outside her Atlanta, Illinois home.

Where:

Atlanta, IL

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Tom with his pony during a visit in the early 1940s to the family’s farm outside of Atlanta, Illinois.

Where:

Atlanta, IL

When:

Early 1940s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Tom used this horse and buggy to give rides on Sunday afternoons to children from their Atlanta, Illinois neighborhood during the war years.

Where:

Atlanta, IL

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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The Ewing family’s buggy rig which young Tom Ewing (far right) and Nate used during World War II while growing up in Atlanta, Illinois.

Where:

Atlanta, IL

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Tom’s father Sam Ewing on his horse, circa 1940 in Atlanta, Illinois.

Where:

Atlanta, IL

When:

Circa 1940

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Tom Ewing on his pony outside their Atlanta, Illinois home during the war years.

Where:

Atlanta, IL

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Tom Ewing ‘steals a kiss’ from a classmate while they were on a school trip to Pekin, Illinois in the early 1940s.

Where:

Pekin, IL

When:

Early 1940s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Tom’s mother Harriet Ewing stands outside their Atlanta, Illinois home, circa 1940s.

Where:

Atlanta, IL

When:

Circa 1940s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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The family gathered for Christmas dinner in the mid-1940s at the Ewing’s Atlanta home. Tom’s father is at the head of the table with Nate and Tom.

Where:

Atlanta, IL

When:

mid-1940s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Tom Ewing played basketball on the Atlanta school team in 1947. He is in the 2nd Row, 2nd from the right.

Where:

Atlanta, IL

When:

1947

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Jane R. Ewing, Tom’s grandmother, relaxes in the family’s den during a visit to Atlanta in 1951.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1951

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Tom Ewing is second from the left with a herd of ponies he sold in 1954 to help finance his college education. His cousin Nate is standing behind him, and the family handy man, Tex Deavers is on the right.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1954

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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The Ewing home in Pontiac, Illinois in September 1971. The family lived there when he was first elected to the Illinois State Legislature in 1974.

Where:

Pontiac, IL

When:

1971

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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On election night on November 5, 1974 Janet and Tom posed with their children, Kate, Sam and Jane in their Pontiac home.

Where:

Pontiac, IL

When:

1974

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Tom and his daughter Jane check out a photo album while spending Christmas in 1979 at Tom’s aunt Julia Reinmiller’s home in Atlanta, Illinois.

Where:

Atlanta, IL

When:

1979

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Connie Lupo and Tom Ewing spent Christmas in 1980 at Tom’s mother’s home in Atlanta, Illinois.

Where:

Atlanta, IL

When:

1980

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Tom Ewing’s children, Jane, Kate and Sam were visiting their father’s office in the Illinois Capitol in the 1980s. Note William Crook’s sketch of the Illinois Capitol behind Tom.

Where:

Illinois Capitol

When:

Circa 1980s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Dennis Hastert, Dorris C. Karpiel and Thomas Ewing served together in the IL General Assembly in 1984-85. Hastert and Ewing presented Dorris with a box of rabbits after she complained that no one ever sent her gifts.

Where:

IL General Assembly

When:

1984-85

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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This sketch of Representative Tom Ewing was done by S. Stockton in 1989 and was a given to him as a gift.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1989

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Daughter Jane Ewing with her father on the steps of the U.S. Capitol while she worked as an unpaid staffer in the early 1990s.

Where:

U.S. Capitol

When:

Early 1990s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Son Sam Ewing with his father on the steps of the U.S. Capitol while he worked as an unpaid staffer in the early 1990s.

Where:

U.S. Capitol

When:

Early 1990s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Congressman Ewing was visiting the Chicago Board of Trade Options floor in the early 1990s. Mike Stokie, his chief of staff, is standing behind him.

Where:

Chicago Board of Trade Options

When:

Early 1990s

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Congressman Ewing with his D.C. office staff took this photo in his Longworth Building office in the early 1990s. Eric Nichols is on the left, with Mike Stokie next to him.

Where:

Longworth Building

When:

Early 1990s

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Congressman Ewing’s D.C. staff in the mid-1990s. Eric Nichol (in back with glasses) was his Washington, D.C. director of staff at the time.

Where:

Washington, D.C.

When:

mid-1990s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Bill Barrett, Joe Nolenburg and Tom Ewing called themselves the ‘Three Musketeers,’ in part because the U.S. House doorman could never keep them straight. They were ready for a festive night at the White House Christmas party in the mid-1990s.

Where:

The White House

When:

mid-1990s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Tom Ewing and Lynn Martin, who represented Rockford in the IL House in the late 1980s, greet each other in the IL House chamber. They both moved to Washington, D.C. in the 1990s, representing their respective districts.

Where:

Illinois House

When:

Late 1980s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Tom’s mother Harriet and wife Connie visit his congressional office when he first arrived in Washington D.C. in 1991.

Where:

Congressional Office

When:

1991

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Connie and Tom Ewing with President George and Mrs. Barbara Bush at the White House Christmas party in 1991, Tom’s first year in D.C.

Where:

The White House

When:

1991

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Republican Congressmen Tom Ewing, Dennis Hastert and Minority Leader Bob Michel (all of Illinois) met with Vice President Dan Quayle in Washington, D.C. in 1991.

Where:

Washington, D.C.

When:

1991

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Tom and his daughter Jane met with First Lady Barbara Bush during a White House picnic in 1991.

Where:

White House picnic

When:

1991

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Congressman Tom Ewing with a Fox News reporter in Washington, D.C. in the late 1990s.

Where:

Washington, D.C.

When:

Late 1990s

Ownership:

May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

Caption

Tom shakes hands with President Bill Clinton as Clinton enters the U.S. House chamber for the annual State of the Union address circa 1994.

Where:

U.S. House chamber

When:

Circa 1994

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Tom Ewing thanks Minority Leader Bob Michel for attending his fund raiser at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C. in 1995/96.

Where:

Capitol Hill Club in Washington D.C.

When:

1995-1996

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Bob Michel, Tom’s wife Connie and Tom enjoy a dinner in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall during an event for new members in 1993. Since Tom had been elected in a special July 1991election, this was his first opportunity to attend the event.

Where:

U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall

When:

1993

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Congressman Tom Ewing used this photo on campaign literature during his runs for the U.S. House in the 1990s.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Circa 1990s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Tom and Connie Ewing stand outside the Capitol in Washington D.C. in 2000, Tom’s last year in Congress.

Where:

Capitol in Washington D.C.

When:

2000

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Tom and Connie Ewing family Christmas card, 2008.

Where:

Unknown

When:

2008

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Tom and Connie’s family 2014 Christmas card, taken in downtown Pontiac.

Where:

Pontiac, IL

When:

2014

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Congressman Tom Ewing (right) met with fellow Congressman Jerry Weller of Morris, Illinois. The two were touring the Kankakee River, for which Weller hoped to obtain federal funding to address problems along the river.

Where:

Kankakee River

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.



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