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Samuel H. Young
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1975
Preceded by Harold R. Collier
Succeeded by Abner J. Mikva
Personal details
Born Samuel Hollingsworth Young
December 26, 1922
Casey, Illinois, U.S.
Died September 23, 2017(2017-09-23) (aged 94)
Glenview, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Bonnie Young
Alma mater University of Illinois
University of Illinois Law School

Samuel Hollingsworth Young (December 26, 1922 – September 23, 2017) was an American politician who served as a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Early and family Life[]

Born in Casey, Illinois in 1922, Young graduated from Urbana High School in Urbana, Illinois in 1940, then began studies at the University of Illinois.

During World War II, Young interrupted his studies to serve in the United States Army as a paratrooper from 1943 to 1946. As a member of the 13th Airborne Division, he saw action in central Europe and attained the rank of captain. Using his GI Bill benefits after his honorable discharge, Young resumed his studies and received an LL.B. from the University of Illinois in 1947, and a J.D. from University of Illinois Law School in 1948.

He married Bonnie Young and during their 67-year marriage, they raised two daughters (Elizabeth and Bonnie Ellen) and a son (Samuel H. Young, Jr.).


Young was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1948 and commenced practice in Chicago with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. From 1947 to 1948, Young was an instructor in economics at University of Illinois, and taught business finance at Northwestern University from 1949 to 1950, as well as developed his private legal practice.

Young served as Securities commissioner of Illinois from 1953 to 1955, and as assistant secretary of State from 1955 to 1957. In 1961, he published an article about exemptions from the registration requirement in the Illinois Securities Law of 1953.[1] Young was financial vice president, secretary, and treasurer for a hospital supply company from 1965 to 1966. He also served as delegate to the Illinois State Republican conventions from 1951 to 1973.

Young was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-third Congress (January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1975). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninety-fourth Congress in 1974, losing in a very tight election contest to Democrat Abner J. Mikva, who moved to the 10th district from the 2nd Congressional district after redistricting. After Mikva also defeated Young for election to the Ninety-fifth Congress in 1976, Young ended his public political career.

Young returned to his legal practice in Lincolnwood, Illinois, and continued to serve on the board of the Children's Care Foundation (1967 to 2005). He was admitted to the Florida bar in 1978, and concentrated his practice in trust and estates.[2] Young also became the principal beneficiary of the estate of a wealthy, unmarried, childless businessman, which caused considerable controversy.[3]

Final years[]

Young maintained residences in both Glenview, Illinois, and Marco Island, Florida. He died at his home in Glenview in September 2017 at the age of 94, survived by his wife, children and ten grandchildren.[4]


  1. 1961 U. Ill. L.F. 205 (1961) available at
  3. Young v. Murphy, 90 F.3d 1225 (7th Cir. 1996), available at
  4. Chicago Suburban Daily Herald obituary of October 1, 2017 available at SAMUEL YOUNG Obituary
  • Samuel H. Young at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Harold R. Collier
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 10th congressional district

Succeeded by
Abner J. Mikva

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