Birth of Everett Dirksen
Statesman Everett McKinley Dirksen was born on January 4, 1896, in Pekin, Illinois.
Born to German immigrants, Dirksen had a fraternal twin and another brother. His father died when he was just nine years old. The Dirksen family farm was on the outskirts of Pekin in an area known as Beantown because they grew beans instead of flowers.