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Term: Randall, Gov. Alexander W. (1819-1872)

Definition:

b. Ames, New York, October 31, 1819
d. Elmira, New York, July 26, 1872

Alexander Randall was governor of Wisconsin when the Civil War broke out and was instrumental in raising and organizing troops for the Union cause. Camp Randall in Madison is named for him.

Early Career

Like his father, Randall was trained in law in New York. He was admitted to the bar at age 19 and soon afterwards moved to Wisconsin. In 1840 he opened a law practice in Prairieville (now Waukesha), where he was also appointed postmaster.

Randall was chosen a delegate to the first Constitutional Convention in 1846. He was also elected to the state Assembly in 1848, and served as circuit judge in Milwaukee, 1855-1857. He was nominated the Republican candidate for governor in 1857, won that year's election, was re-elected in 1859, and held that office when the Civil War broke out in April 1861.

Civil War Years

Gov. Randall immediately called for Wisconsin volunteers. Although President Lincoln requested only one regiment, enough recruits came forward to fill several. By the end of July 1861, six regiments of Wisconsin soldiers had left the state for the front.

Unfortunately, Randall made powerful enemies in Washington and at home in Wisconsin by his disregard for the cost to taxpayers for preparing troops and the slow pace of government bureaucracy. He was only moderately successful at navigating the politics of organizing troops, establishing training camps, obtaining supplies, arming recruits, and paying for it all.

As his second term drew to a close in 1861, he decided not to run again for governor.

Later Life

When Randallís term ended in January 1862, President Lincoln appointed him U.S. minister to Italy. He served two years before coming home and accepting Lincoln's appointment as assistant postmaster general in 1863.

In July 1866, President Andrew Johnson named him Postmaster General of the U.S., a position he held until 1869. Randall was the first Wisconsin resident appointed to the Cabinet of a U.S. president. When President Johnson was impeached in 1866, Randallís political career ended. He resumed his law practice in Elmira, New York, where he died in 1872.

Links to Learn More

A colorful memoir by a friend, Milwaukee Sentinel, November 14, 1897

Randall's Civil War efforts are described at length in Chapter I of E.B. Quiner's book, "Military History of Wisconsin" (Chicago, 1866)

View original documents relating to Gov. Randall

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin Biography (Madison, 1965); Sobel, Robert. Biographical Directory of the United States Executive Branch, 1774-1989 (N.Y., 1990) Engle, Stephen. "The Union Must Stand." Wisconsin Magazine of History 91/1 (2007): 14-27. ]

98 records found

Race, John A. 1914
Radcliffe, John Q. 1920
Radcliffe, Margaret Porter
Radisson, Pierre Esprit 1636 - 1710
Radosevich, Michele G. 1947
Radtke, Randall J. 1951
Rafn, Carl Christian, 1795-1864
Ragueneau, Fr. Paul, 1608-1680
Randall, Clifford Ellsworth 1876 - 1934
Randall, Gov. Alexander W. (1819-1872)
Rankin, Joseph 1833 - 1886
Rankin, Walter Laurie 1841 - 1910
Raskin, Ellen 1928 - 1984
Rasmusen, Holger B. 1894
Read, Sister Joel (Janice) 1926 -
Reaume, Charles 1752 - 1821
Reber, Louis Ehrhart 1858 - 1948
Red Bird, Ho-Chunk chief, 1788 - 1828
Reed, Curtis 1815 - 1895
Reed, George 1807 - 1883
Reed, Harrison 1813 - 1899
Reed, William W. 1825 - 1916
Reese, Oliver William, 1924 - 2005
Reformed Churches in Wisconsin
Reger, Fred C. 1916
Rehnquist, William H., 1924-2005
Reich, Frank Albert 1884 - 1946
Reid, Alexander James 1846 - 1910
Reilly, Michael Kieran 1869 - 1944
Reinsch, Paul Samuel 1869 - 1923
Reuss, Henry S. 1912-2002
Rexford, Eben Eugene 1848 - 1916
Reymert, James De Noon 1821 - 1896
Reynolds, Edwin 1831 - 1909
Reynolds, John W. 1921
Reynolds, Martin L. 1950
Reynolds, Tom 1956
Rhoades, Kitty 1951
Rhode, Paul Peter 1871 - 1945
Rice, Ora R. 1885
Rich, Martin 1835 - 1915
Richards, Harry Sanger 1868 - 1929
Richards, Jon 1963
Richardson, Robert Kimball 1876 - 1952
Riddles, Libby (born 1956)
Riehle, Ben A. 1897
Rigaud de Vaudreuil de Cavagnial, Pierre de, Marqu
Rigaud de Vaudreuil, Philippe de, Marquis de Vaudr
Riley, Antonio R. 1963
Rincker, Leroy Carl 1896 - 1953
Rindisbacher, Peter 1806 - 1834
Ringling [Rungeling], Albert 1852 - 1916
Risser, Fred 1927
Roberts, Virgil 1922
Robertson, Alan S. 1941
Robinson, Charles D. 1822 - 1886
Robinson, John H. 1955
Robinson, Robert P. 1884 - 1953
Robson, Judith Biros
Roessler, Carol A. 1948
Roethe, Henry Edgar 1866 - 1939
Rogers, William J. 1930
Roggensack, Patience Drake 1940
Rohan, Sue 1952
Rohl, Edwin C. 1908
Rohner, Henry 1919
Rolette, [Jean] Joseph 1781 - 1842
Rolle, Dale J. 1923
Rolle, Everett E. 1919
Romell, Louis C. 1899
Rooney, James F. 1935
Root, Eleazer 1802 - 1887
Rose, David Stuart 1856 - 1932
Roseleip, Gordon W. 1912
Rosenzweig, Peggy A. 1936
Roshell, Marvin J. 1932
Ross, Edward Allsworth 1866 - 1951
Ross, John Donald 1841 - 1917
Ross, William 1888 - 1951
Roth, Toby 1938
Rothwell, Angus B. 1905
Rountree, John Hawkins 1805 - 1890
Rubin, Ben 1887 - 1942
Rublee, Horace 1829 - 1896
Rude, Brian D. 1955
Rueping [Ruping], William ["Heinrich","Wilhelm"] 1
Ruger, Gen. Thomas H. (1833-1907)
Rusk, Gov. Jeremiah M. (1830-1893)
Russell, Harry Luman 1866 - 1954
Russians in Wisconsin
Rusy, Benjamin Franklin 1894 - 1953
Rutkowski, James A. 1942
Ryan, Edward George 1810 - 1880
Ryan, Mark W. 1924
Ryan, Paul 1970
Ryan, Samuel [Jr.] 1824 - 1907
Ryba, John Joseph 1929
Ryczek, Ervin John 1909

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