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Term: Spooner, John Coit 1843 - 1919

Definition:

lawyer, politician, U.S. Senator, b. Lawrenceburg, Ind. He moved with his parents to Wisconsin in 1859, settling in Madison. He graduated from the Univ. of Wisconsin (Ph.D., 1864; M.A., 1869). During the Civil War, Spooner served in Co. D, 40th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry (100-day volunteers, May-Sept. 1864) and as captain, Co. A, 50th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry (1865-June 1866); he was mustered out with the brevet rank of major, U.S. Volunteers. Returning to Madison following the war, he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1867 and soon became a prominent lawyer and politician. A specialist in railroad law, Spooner took up residence in Hudson, where he was solicitor for the Omaha system (1873-1884), and later, after returning to Madison, served as counsel for the Northern Pacific receivers (1893-1896). A Republican, Spooner began his long political career in 1866 when he was selected as secretary to Governor Lucius Fairchild (q.v.). He was assistant state attorney general (1868-1870), and in 1872 was state assemblyman. He was a regent of the Univ. of Wisconsin (1882-1886). In 1885 Spooner was chosen U.S. Senator by the Wisconsin legislature, serving from Mar., 1885, to Mar., 1891. With the Republicans in the minority in the Wisconsin legislature, Spooner was defeated in the legislative senatorial election of 1891. He returned to his law practice, moved to Madison in 1893, but remained active in politics, and was recognized as a leading Stalwart Republican. In 1897 and 1903 he was again chosen U.S. Senator, serving from Mar., 1897, until his retirement in Apr., 1907. As U.S. Senator, Spooner became one of the most powerful conservative politicians in the nation. He was a member of the caucus committee on committees and the steering committee, and of the standing committees on rules (chairman), foreign relations, finance, judiciary, and Cuba. Although he influenced numerous measures, only two bore his name: one establishing civil government for the Philippines (1901), and a canal act (1902). Spooner was known as an administration senator, and was consulted by Presidents Harrison, McKinley, and Roosevelt on political strategy, foreign policy, and legislative programs. An implacable foe of Robert M. La Follette, Sr. (q.v.), Spooner was a powerful stump speaker against the Progressive faction in several of the early campaigns, and in 1904 was instrumental in seating Wisconsin's Stalwart delegation in the Republican national convention of that year. To retain his important position in the Senate, Spooner declined numerous cabinet appointments. He resigned his senatorship shortly after La Follette became a member of that body, and from 1907 until his death practiced corporation law in New York City. Dict. Amer. Biog.; Biog. Dir. Amer. Cong. (1928); Natl. Cyclopaedia Amer. Biog., 14 (1917); Milwaukee Sentinel, June 11, 1919.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the John C. Spooner Papers for details.

View a related article at Wisconsin Magazine of History Archives.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

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Armstrong Creek, Town of, Forest Co.
Babcock, Joseph Weeks 1850 - 1909
Baensch, Emil 1857 - 1939
Baker, Ray Stannard [David Grayson] 1870 - 1946
Bancroft, Levi Horace 1861 - 1948
Barton, Albert Olaus 1870 - 1947
Beck, Joseph David 1866 - 1936
Berceau, Terese 1950
Blaine, John James 1873 - 1934
Bolens, Harry Wilbur 1864 - 1944
Bosshard, Otto 1876 - 1943
Brown [Willis], Olympia 1835 - 1926
Bryant, George Edwin 1832 - 1907
Capitol fire (1904)
Carpenter, Tim
Chvala, Chuck 1954
Chynoweth, Herbert William 1848 - 1906
Commons, John Rogers 1862 - 1945
Connor, William Duncan 1864 - 1944
conservation movement
Cook, Samuel Andrew 1849 - 1918
Crownhart, Charles Henry 1863 - 1930
Damann, Theodore 1869 - 1946
Davidson, James O. 1854 - 1922
Duff, Marc C. 1961
Ekern, Herman Lewis 1872 - 1954
Frank, Glenn 1887 - 1940
Frear, James Archibald 1861 - 1939
Gale, Zona 1874 - 1938
Ganfield, William Arthur 1873 - 1940
Gelatt, Roland Bernard 1856 - 1917
governors
Haight, Theron Wilber 1840 - 1913
Handley, John Joseph 1876 - 1941
Hannan, John Joseph 1866 - 1946
Hatton, William H. 1856 - 1937
Haugen, Nils Pederson 1849 - 1931
Heil, Julius Peter 1876 - 1949
Hoard, William Dempster 1836 - 1918
Holmes, Frederick Lionel 1883 - 1946
Hough, Maxine 1961
Houser, Walter L. 1855 - 1928
Huber, Henry Allen 1869 - 1933
Hull, Merlin 1870 - 1953
James, Ada Lois 1876 - 1952
Kading, Charles August 1874 - 1956
Kohler, Walter Jodok 1875 - 1940
Kronshage, Theodore Jr. 1869 - 1934
Krumrey, Henry 1852 - 1922
La Follette, Belle Case, 1859-1931
La Follette, Bronson C. 1936
La Follette, Douglas J.
La Follette, Philip Fox, 1897-1965
La Follette, Robert Marion Sr. (1855-1925)(Histori
La Follette, Robert Marion Sr. 1855 - 1925
La Follette, Robert Marion, Jr., 1895 - 1953
La Follette, Town of, Burnett Co.
La Follette, Town of, Forest Co.
Lafollette
Lassa, Julie M. 1970
Lenroot, Irvine Luther 1869 - 1949
Levitan, Solomon 1862 - 1940
Mccarthy, Charles 1873 - 1921
Mcgovern, Francis Edward 1866 - 1946
Myrick, Harry Pierce 1857 - 1916
Odell, Emery Alvin 1871 - 1953
Olbrich, Michael Balthasar 1881 - 1929
Payne, Henry Clay 1843 - 1904
Pettis, Mark L. 1950
Pfister, Charles [Frederick] 1859 - 1927
Philipp, Emanuel Lorenz 1861 - 1925
primary elections in Wisconsin
Progressive Movement
Sawyer, Philetus 1816 - 1900
Schilling, Robert 1843 - 1922
Schmedeman, Albert George 1864 - 1946
Scofield, Edward 1842 - 1925
Siebecker, Robert George 1854 - 1922
Sinicki, Christine 1960
Skindrud, Richard A. 1944
Spooner, John Coit 1843 - 1919
Stephenson, Isaac 1829 - 1918
Stevens, Edmond Ray 1869 - 1930
Teasdale, Howard (1855 - 1936)
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1900 -1999
Tittemore, James Nelson 1864 - 1949
Travis, David M. 1948
Von Cotzhausen, Frederick William 1838 - 1924
Whitehead, John Meek 1852 - 1924
Wilcox, Roy Porter 1873 - 1946
Wilder, Amos Parker 1862 - 1936
Youmans, Theodora Winton, 1863 - 1932

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