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Term: Keyes, Elisha Williams 1828 - 1910

Definition:

lawyer, politician, b. Northfield, Vt. He moved with his family to Wisconsin in 1837 and settled in Lake Mills. In 1850 he moved to Madison where he studied law and sold insurance. He was admitted to the Wisconsin bar in 1851 and practiced law with George B. Smith (q.v.) until 1862. Beginning his long and colorful political career as a Whig, he became tainted with Know-Nothingism, and eventually became a staunch Republican. Throughout the I850's he was active in city and county politics, gradually rising through the ranks in the party. His work in organizing the Republican ranks won him the appointment of postmaster of Madison (1861), a position he held for the next 21 years and from which he judiciously distributed patronage. He served as mayor of Madison (1865, 1866, 1868), and in 1869 succeeded Horace Rublee (q.v.) as chairman of the Republican state central committee, a post that enabled him to become the undisputed "boss" of Wisconsin politics. Keyes and the coterie that dominated the party were known as the "Madison Regency." Utilizing the railroads, press, patronage, and an unguarded, lashing tongue to keep his party in power, Keyes was a stern party disciplinarian and a fierce partisan. He was chairman of the Wisconsin delegation to the Republican national conventions of 1872, 1876, and 1884. His control of the Republican party was weakened in 1875 when a group of Republican legislators formed a coalition with the Democrats to elect Angus Cameron (q.v.) to the U.S. Senate over the party candidate, Mathew H. Carpenter (q.v.), and ended in 1877 when President Hayes' civil service policy forced Keyes to resign the chairmanship in order to keep the post-office position. He was unsuccessful in his bids for the U.S. Senatorship in 1879 and 1881, and when he became state assemblyman in 1882 he was forced to give up his postmastership. Suffering still another defeat in the congressional campaign of 1882, he sought minor political offices, serving as municipal judge of Dane County (1889-1892). From 1877 to 1889 he served as regent of the Univ. of Wisconsin. Old in years and hard pressed for money, the man who had been one of the country's most astute and resourceful political managers pleaded with his friends for the Madison postmastership. In 1897 President McKinley made the appointment and Keyes retired into the security of that office until his death. Dict. Amer. Biog.; Madison Democrat, Nov. 29, 30, 1910; E. W. Keyes, Hist. of Dane Co. (Madison, 1906); R. W. Hantke, "Life of E. W. Keyes" [Unpub. Ph.D. thesis, Univ. of Wis., 1942]; E. W. Keyes Papers.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Elisha W. Keyes Papers for details.

View a related article at Wisconsin Magazine of History Archives.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

123 records found

Kabler, Beatrice Ann Parks. 1928-
Kaczmarek, Jane
Kading, Charles August 1874 - 1956
Kafka, Lawrence J. 1898
Kahl, William C. 1908
Kahlenberg, Louis Albrecht 1870 - 1941
Kanavas, Theodore J. 1961
Kander, Lizzie Black, 1858-1940
Kaokias
Karlen, Jacob 1840 - 1920
Kaskaskias
Kasten Jr., Robert W. 1942
Kasten, William A. 1956
Kastenmeier, Robert W. 1924
Katzer, Frederick Xavier 1844 - 1903
Kaufert, Dean R. 1957
Kaufman, Eugene S. 1922
Kaun, Hugo Wilhelm Ludwig 1863 - 1932
Kavanaugh, William C. 1914
Kedrowski, David R. 1942
Kedzie, Neal J. 1956
Keegan, Jr., Earl 1921
Keep, Albert 1826 - 1907
Kellman, Norris J. 1898
Kellogg, Amherst Willoughby 1829 - 1923
Kellogg, Ansel Nash 1832 - 1886
Kellogg, Ansel Wales 1821 - 1870
Kellogg, Col. John A. (1828 - 1883)
Kellogg, Louise Phelps 1862 - 1942
Kellogg, Rufus Bela 1837 - 1891
Kelly, Patrick 1792 - 1858
Kelly, Patrick H. 1890
Kelso, Carol 1945
Kemper, Jackson 1789 - 1870
Kempster, Walter 1841 - 1918
Kendziorski, Casimir 1898
Kennan, Kossuth Kent (1852-1933)
Kennan, Thomas Lathrop 1827 - 1920
Kenyon, (Charles) Kyle (1924-1996)
Keokuk, Sauk chief, 1780?-1848.
Keppler, Ernest C. 1918
Kerkman, Samantha 1974
Kerwin, James Charles 1850 - 1921
Kessler, Frederick P. 1940
Kestell, Steve 1955
Keyes, Elisha Williams 1828 - 1910
Kickapoo Indians
Kickbush, August 1828 - 1901
Kieckhefer, Ferdinand August William 1852 - 1919
Kiekhoefer, William Henry 1883 - 1951
Kikapous
Kilataks
Kilbourn, Byron 1801 - 1870
Kilgore, Damon Y[Oung?] 1827 - 1888
Kimball, Alanson Mellen 1827 - 1913
Kimberly, John Alfred 1838 - 1928
Kincaid, Lloyd H. 1925
Kind, Ron 1963
King, Charles 1844 - 1933
King, Franklin Hiram 1848 - 1911
King, Gen. Rufus (1814-1876)
Kinney, Kathy 1954 -
Kinsman, Delos Oscar 1868 - 1948
Kintz, Milford C. 1903
Kinzie, John Harris 1803 - 1865
Kinzie, Juliette Augusta, 1806-1870
Kirby, Michael G. 1952
Kiskaouets
Kissel, Louis 1839 - 1908
Kitchigamick Indians
Kittle, William 1861 - 1942
Kleczka, Gerald D. 1943
Kleczka, Jerry 1943
Klicka, George H. 1934
Klingler, Emil F. (1887 - ?)
Klug, Scott L. 1953
Klusman, Judith 1956
Knapp, Gilbert 1798 - 1887
Knapp, John Holly [Jr.] 1825 - 1888
Kneeland, James 1816 - 1899
Kneeland, Moses 1809 - 1864
Knight, John Henry 1836 - 1903
Knowles, Robert P. 1916
Knowles, Warren P. 1908
Knowlton, James H. 1813 - 1879
Knowlton, Wiram 1816 - 1863
Knox, Randall S. 1949
Knutson, Milo G. 1918
Koenig, Joseph 1858 - 1929
Koeppen, George 1833 - 1897
Kohl, Herbert H. 1935
Kohler, John Michael 1844 - 1900
Kohler, Marie Christine 1876 - 1943
Kohler, Ruth Miriam [De Young] 1906 - 1953
Kohler, Walter Jodok 1875 - 1940
Kordus, Robert P. 1939
Korpela, Ernest J. 1936
Koss, Rudolph Alexander 1823 - 1894
Kostuck, John T. 1892
Kraut, Hans Baptiste 1881 - 1947
Krautbauer, Francis Xavier 1824 - 1885
Krawczyk, Judy 1939
Kreibich, Robin G. 1959
Kremers, Edward 1865 - 1941
Kreul, Richard 1924
Kreuser, James E. 1961
Kreutzer, Andrew Laurence 1862 - 1944
Krez, Conrad 1828 - 1897
Kronshage, Theodore Jr. 1869 - 1934
Krosnicki, Kathleen A. 1950
Krueger, Clifford W. 1918
Krug, Shirley 1958
Krumrey, Henry 1852 - 1922
Krusick, Peggy 1956
Kruszka, Michael 1860 - 1918
Kryszak, Mary [Olszewski] 1876 - 1945
Kumlien, Thure Ludwig Theodore 1819 - 1888
Kunde, Kenneth 1916
Kundig, Martin 1805 - 1879
Kunicki, Walter J. 1958
Kurz, Henry 1826 - 1906
Kustermann, Gustav 1850 - 1919
Kuypers, John Anton 1869 - 1940

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