For the Orientalist, see Edward William Lane.
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Edward Lane was a representative from Illinois; born in Cleveland, Ohio, March 27, 1842; moved to Illinois in May 1858 with his parents, who settled in Hillsboro, Montgomery County; attended the common schools and was graduated from Hillsboro Academy; taught school for several years; studied law; was admitted to the bar in February 1865 and commenced practice in Hillsboro, Ill.; city attorney of Hillsboro three years; elected judge of the Montgomery County Court in November 1869 and served until 1873; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1895); chairman, Committee on Militia (Fifty-second Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Hillsboro, Ill., where he died October 30, 1912; interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.