Dictionary of Wisconsin History
Search Results for: Keyword: 'farwell'
Term: Farwell, Leonard James 1819 - 1889
politician, promoter, businessman, governor, b. Watertown, N.Y. He moved to Lockport, Ill. in 1838 where he established a tin shop and hardware store. In 1840 he moved to Milwaukee and conducted a large wholesale hardware business. He began making large land purchases in the Madison area about 1847, moved there in 1849, and developed the area by erecting mills, building streets, and draining lowlands. To promote settlement of the new capital, he published several pamphlets which he distributed widely on the east coast and abroad. An antislavery Whig, Farwell was state governor (1852-1854), and during his administration the act to abolish capital punishment became law and the state geological survey was instituted. He was a founder of the Wisconsin Natural History Association, and was instrumental in reorganizing the State Historical Society (1854). Farwell was an officer in numerous state and Madison business enterprises, including the Madison Gas Light & Coke Company, the Madison Hydraulic Company, and the Beloit & Madison R.R. Company, but his business ventures were severely crippled in the panic of 1857. After 1854 Farwell was affiliated with the Republican party, and served one term in the state assembly (1860). In 1863 he was appointed to the U.S. Patent Office in Washington, D.C., serving as chief examiner (1863-1870). While in Washington, Farwell was credited with saving the life of Vice-President Andrew Johnson by warning him of a possible attack on the night that President Lincoln was assassinated. In 1870 he moved to Chicago to engage in business, but after suffering heavy losses in the fire of 1871, he moved to Grant City, Mo., where he engaged in banking and real estate enterprises until his death. Wis. Mag. Hist., 31; C. R. Tuttle, Illus. Hist.... Wis. (Boston, 1875);-Wis. Blue Book (1927); J. H. Abbott and L. M. Wilson, comps., Farwell Family (2 vols. [Orange, Tex.] 1929); WPA MS.
The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Leonard J. Farwell Miscellany for details.
View newspaper clippings at Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles.
[Source: Blue book]
14 records found
Booth, Sherman Miller 1812 - 1904
death penalty in Wisconsin
Essie, Patrick 1953
Farwell's Mill, Dane Co.
Farwell, Leonard James 1819 - 1889
Farwell, Town of, Vernon Co.
Fox and Wisconsin River Improvement Company
Johnson, Raymond C. 1936
Madison, Dane Co.
Orton, Harlow South 1817 - 1895
Smith, William Rudolph 1787 - 1868
Viroqua [brief history]
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