PAUL W. BROYLES
Paul W. Broyles, Legislator, was born in Hamilton County, Illinois, on
February 3, 1896, the son of William Stewart and Della Ida Johnson
Broyles. He was educated at McLeansboro High School. He married Olivia
Catherine Bersche, daughter of Urban and Anna Margaretha Bremser
Bersche, of Waterloo, Illinois. He had one daughter, June, Mrs. John
Casey, two grandsons, Jack and Paul Casey, one great grandson, Steven
Casey, and one sister, Hazel, Mrs. Carl Morgan. John Casey was the
great-great grandson of Zadok Casey, one of the first settlers of Mt.
Broyles worked as a salesman until serving in World War I.
After the war, he became owner and director of sales, portraits, and
paintings from 1922-1934. In 1932 he moved to Mt. Vernon as an
investor and farm owner. He was elected to the Illinois House of
Representatives in 1942 and to the Illinois State Senate in 1944 to 1968.
Upon retirement from the Senate in 1970, he ranked fourth in seniority.
The highlights during his legislative career were serving on World War
II Bonus Commission; Chairman of Korean Bonus Commission; Chairman of
Illinois Commission on Aging and Aged; 1961 White House Conference on
the Unemployment of the Middle Aged and Senior Citizens; Chairman of
powerful Senate Affairs Committee; Senate Republican Caucus Chairman
1961-1970; and serving on Senate Committees; Aeronautics; Banks,
Savings and Loan Associations; Education; Executive; Committee on
Committees and Senate Affairs.
He was among the first in Illinois to recognize the danger that
Communism presents to our youth and in 1949 he fought for and secured
passage of legislation preventing Communists from holding any state
elective office or state job. He also led the fight against crime and
violence during the 1965 session of the Legislature. His fight against
crime, violence and Communism had been recognized by the late F.B.I.
Director, J. Edgar Hoover, who wrote Senator Broyles, "We in the F.B.I.
appreciate your work with our youth".
Senator Broyles received citations and awards for his Americanism and
his fight against Communism and its conspirators from the American
Legion, Department of Illinois; the Military Order of Purple Heart;
Disabled American Veterans; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Award of Merit,
Joel Pace Chapter, Daughters of American Revolution and the Amvets. On
October 6, 1965, the National Commander of the American Legion
confirmed appointment of Broyles as a member of the National
Distinguished Guests Committee of the American Legion.
He was a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels; listed in
"Who's Who in the Midwest"; "Who's Who in American Politics", Edition
1967-68; and "Who's Who in Chicago and Illinois".
Being extremely civic minded, Senator Broyles was Past Commander of the
American Legion Post 141; Egyptian Past Commanders Club; past President
of Mt. Vernon Rotary Club; former Board Member of the Chamber of Commerce;
Board Member of Red Cross and served as Fund Drive Chairman;
served on World War II Draft Board; Charter member of King City Dinner
Club; member of Elks and Moose Clubs; Jefferson County Shrine Club; 32
Degree Mason, Shriner, Aniad Temple, Knights Templar and in 1970 he
became a 33 Degree Mason. He was a member of First United Methodist
Senator Broyles strongly believed in the free enterprise system of
government and the basic principles which developed the highest
standard of living in any nation in the world. In his honor and memory the
Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Southern Illinois on Saturday, October
19, 1974, named their Fall Reunion Class, "In memory of the Illustrious
Paul W. Broyles 33 Degree Memorial Class". Senator Paul W. Broyles died
on February 24, 1974.
- Olivia Broyles
Some ommisions may have occured to protect living individuals.
Source: "Facts and Folks A History of Jefferson County, Illinois"
Jefferson County Historical Society
Printed by Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, TX Page 103, 104
Submitted by Sandy Whalen Bauer