17th Amendment: Direct Election of U.S. Senators
Petition of the State Grange of Illinois
The National Grange, an advocacy group for agricultural and rural issues, was an energetic supporter of the direct election of senators. This petition from the organization’s Illinois State branch states their support of the people’s vote for senators.
Petition of the State Grange of Illinois in Support of Direct Election of Senators, December 29, 1887; Petitions referred to the Committee on Privileges and Elections (SEN 50A-J23); 50th Congress, Records of the United States Senate, Record Group 46, National Archives Building, Washington, DC.