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Term: Paul, George Howard 1826 - 1890

Definition:

newspaperman, politician, businessman, b. Danville, Caledonia County, Vt. He graduated from the Univ. of Vermont (B.A., 1847) and attended Harvard Law School for a short time. He did newspaper work and engaged in local politics in Vermont, but his business ventures were not successful and in 1851 he moved to Wisconsin to escape his creditors. Settling in Kenosha, he purchased the Kenosha Democrat, which he published from 1851 to 1854, and also held local political offices, including the postmastership under appointment from presidents Pierce and Buchanan. When the Republicans were victorious in the 1860 election, Paul moved to New York where he worked briefly for the N.Y. Daily News (1861). Returning to Wisconsin the same year, he joined the editorial staff of the Milwaukee Daily News. In 1862 with the financial backing of Alexander Mitchell (q.v.), Paul and J. M. Lyon purchased the paper, and after Lyon's death in 1870 Paul organized the Milwaukee News Publishing Co., serving as president from 1870 to 1874. As editor of this powerful newspaper (1861-1874), Paul rose rapidly to a position of power in state Democratic politics. He was a delegate to many national conventions, served on the national executive committee of the party (1864- 1868, 1872-1876), and was chairman of the state democratic executive committee (1872-1874). In the latter capacity he was the chief architect of the Democratic-Granger coalition (Reform party), which secured the election of William R. Taylor to the governorship in 1873. Although Paul was known as a "railroad" man, he and Governor Taylor were forced to uphold the Potter Law (regulating railroad rates) when the law was challenged by Alexander Mitchell. Paul was appointed to the railroad commission and, fearing the loss of railroad support, worked out a compromise with Mitchell. Despite these precautions the reform coalition was defeated in the 1875 election and the Potter Law was repealed. Nevertheless, Paul's reconciliation with Mitchell insured his political future. He was Democratic state senator from Milwaukee (1878-1881), and with Mitchell's backing established the Milwaukee Cement Co. in 1875. Paul was a regent of the Univ. of Wisconsin (1874-1877, 1879-1890) and served for several years as president of the regents. In this capacity he helped secure greater state support for the university and did important work in freeing the institution from political control. He was postmaster of Milwaukee (1885-1889). In 1889 he became involved in disputes with his former associates over the Milwaukee Cement Co., was defeated in a court case, and moved to Kansas City where he died a few months later. E. J. Paul, comp., Ancestry of K. C. Paul (Milwaukee, 1914); [F. A. Flower], Hist. of Milwaukee (Chicago, 1881); J. G. Gregory, Hist. of Milwaukee (4 vols., Chicago, 1931); G. H. Paul Papers.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the George H. Paul Papers for details.

View newspaper clippings at Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

114 records found

Pabst, Frederick 1836 - 1904
Pabst, Gustave G. 1866 - 1943
Pabst, Norman W. 1905 - 1989
Pabst, Richard E. 1933
Packard, Wesley L. 1918
Padway, Joseph Arthur 1891 - 1947
Paeschke, Charles August 1857 - 1935
Paine, Byron 1827 - 1871
Paine, Col. Halbert E. (1826-1905)
Paine, Edward Lathrop 1801 - 1893
Palmer, Henry 1827 - 1895
Palmer, Henry L. 1819 - 1909
Palmer, William Fink 1855 - 1933
Panys
Panzer, Frank E. 1890
Panzer, Mary E. 1951
Paquette, Pierre 1799? - 1836
Park, Byron Beach 1858 - 1939
Park, Roswell 1807 - 1869
Parker, George Safford 1863 - 1937
Parkhurst, Helen 1887 - 1973
Parkin, John 1918
Parkinson, Daniel Morgan 1790 - 1868
Parys, Ronald G. 1938
Patton, James Edward 1832 - 1904
Patzer, Conrad E. 1862 - 1932
Paul, George Howard 1826 - 1890
Paul, Les 1915 - 2009
Paulson, David E. 1931
Paxson, Frederick Logan 1877 - 1948
Payne, Henry Clay 1843 - 1904
Peabody, Arthur 1858 - 1942
Peavey [Peavy], Hubert Haskell 1881 - 1937
Peck, George Wilbur 1840 - 1916
Peck, Roseline [Willard] [Mrs. Eben Peck) 1808 - 1
Peckham, Elizabeth Maria Gifford 1854 - 1940
Peckham, Elizabeth ["Lila"] 1843 - 1871
Peckham, George Williams 1845 - 1914
Pelecky, Stan T. 1934
Pellant, Howard F. 1911
Peloquin, Bruce S. 1936
Pennings, Bernard Henry 1861 - 1955
Peorias
Pepikokias
Perala, Reino A. 1915
Percival, James Gates 1795 - 1856
Perrot, Nicolas 1644 - 1717
Perry, Melvin Withington 1864 - 1951
Petak, George 1949
Peter, George 1859 - 1950
Peterson, Francis L. 1904
Peterson, James D.H. 1894
Peterson, Merlin J. 1901
Peterson, Richard E. 1920
Petri, Thomas E. 1940
Petrowski, Jerry 1950
Pettis, Mark L. 1950
Petuns
Pfister, Charles [Frederick] 1859 - 1927
Pfister, Guido 1818 - 1889
Philipp, Emanuel Lorenz 1861 - 1925
Phillips, Vel 1924
Piankeshaws
Pickard, Josiah Little 1824 - 1914
Pier, Kate [Hamilton] 1845 - 1925
Pierce, Solon Wesley 1831 - 1903
Pinney, Silas U. 1833 - 1899
Pious, Lois 1938
Pitt, Yvonne (Yvonnie, Vonnie) Jean b. 1928-
Plache, Kimberly M. 1961
Plale, Jeffrey T. 1968
Plankinton, John 1820 - 1891
Plantz, Samuel 1859 - 1924
Plewa, John R. 1945
Plombon, David 1961
Plouff, Joe 1950
Pocan, Mark 1964
Poles in Wisconsin
Pomeroy, Marcus Mills ["Brick"] 1833 - 1896
Pommerening, Glen E. 1927
Pond, James Burton 1838 - 1903
Pontiac, Ottawa Chief, 1720?-1769
Pope-Roberts, Sondy 1950
Poplawski, Stephen J. 1885 - 1956
Porlier, Jacques 1765 - 1839
Porter, Cloyd A. 1935
Potawatomi Indians
Potter, Calvin 1945
Potter, John Fox 1817 - 1899
Potter, John M. 1924
Potter, Rosemary 1952
Pound, Thaddeus Coleman 1833 - 1914
Powell, David Franklin ["White Beaver"] 1847 - 190
Power, Frederick Belding 1853 - 1927
Powers, Mike 1962
Pratt, Morris (1820-1902)
Presbyterians in Wisconsin
Preus, Adolph Carl 1814 - 1878
Preus, Herman Amberg 1825 - 1894
Price, William Thompson 1824 - 1886
Priebe, Kenneth E. 1912
Pritchard, John 1884
Pritzlaff, Fred C. 1861 - 1931
Pritzlaff, John 1820 - 1900
Prophet, The (Shawnee), 1768-1834
Prophet, The (Winnebago)
Prosser, Jr., David T. 1942
Protheroe, Daniel 1866 - 1934
Prown, Katherine Hemple 1963 -
Proxmire, William 1915-
Puelicher, John Huegin 1869 - 1935
Puerto Ricans in Wisconsin
Purdy, William T. 1882 - 1918
Putnam, Henry Cleveland 1832 - 1912

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