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Term: Youmans, Henry Mott 1851 - 1931

Definition: newspaperman, businessman, politician, b. Mukwonago. He attended a commercial college in Milwaukee, and in 1870 moved to Waukesha where he became a printer for the Waukesha Freeman. In 1872 he purchased part interest in the paper, was co-editor with Theron W. Haight (q.v.) from 1872 to 1874, and with various partners, was editor and publisher of the Freeman from 1874 until his death. He held local political offices in Waukesha, was president of the Wisconsin Editorial Association (1893-1895) and a trustee of Carroll College. From 1893 until his death, Youmans was a director of the Exchange Bank of Waukesha. His wife, THEODORA [WINTON] YOUMANS, b. Ashippun, later moving with her parents to Prospect Hill, graduated from Carroll College in 1880. She married Youmans in 1889, and from that date until her death assisted her husband in editing the Waukesha Freeman. She was a member of the State Semi-Centennial Committee (1898), and a committeewoman from Wisconsin to the St. Louis World's Fair in 1903. Widely known as an active clubwoman, suffragist, and editor, Mrs. Youmans was a member of the board of state normal school regents (1905-1910), was president of the Wisconsin Federations of Women's Clubs (1900), and in 1912 served as press chairman of the Wisconsin Woman's Suffrage Association. She was president of this organization (1913-1920), and for many years served as editor of its magazine, The Woman Citizen. In 1929 Mrs. Youmans was vice-president of the Wisconsin League of Women Voters. A Republican, she was active in state and local politics, was an elector in the campaign of 1920, and in 1924 was an unsuccessful candidate for state senator. T. W. Haight, ed., Memoirs of Waukesha Co. (Madison, 1907); Wis. Club Woman, 14 (Nov. 1931), 15 (Sept. 1932); Waukesha Daily Freeman, Jan. 21, 1931, Aug. 17, 1932.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]
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