Cannon, Joseph G. Congressman, lawyer. Born in Guilford, North Carolina, May 7, 1836. Admitted to Illinois bar. State's attorney, Vermilion County, Illinois, 1861-68. Member of Congress, 1873-91, 1893-1903, 12th Illinois district; 1903-13, 1915-17, 18th district. Chairman of Committee on Appropriations, 55th, 56th, and 57th Congresses. Speaker of 58th, 59th, 60th, and 61st Congresses.