1836 – He was born in Guilford, Guilford County, North Carolina on the 7th of May.
1858 – He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Terre Haute, Indiana, but was disappointed when Usher refused to offer him a place in his office.
1861-1868 – He became State’s attorney for the twenty-seventh judicial district of Illinois, holding the position.
– He became a follower of Abraham Lincoln during the Lincoln-Douglas debates.
1873-1891 – Cannon, a member of the Republican Party, was elected as to the United States House of Representatives from Illinois to the Forty-second and to the eight succeeding Congresses, and was the chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Forty-seventh Congress), Committee on Appropriations (Fifty-first Congress).
1893-1913 – He was elected to the Fifty-third and to the nine succeeding Congresses.
– He received fifty-eight votes for the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention at Chicago.
1922 – Cannon retired, he was featured on the cover of the first issue of Time magazine on the last day of his term in office.
1926 – Joseph Cannon died in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois on the 12th of November.