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Term: Stephenson, Isaac 1829 - 1918

Definition:

lumberman, financier, politician, Congressman, U.S. Senator, b. Yorkton, York County, New Brunswick, Canada. He worked in lumbering activities in the eastern U.S. for several years, principally in Maine, and in 1845 moved to Wisconsin, where for a time he managed absentee timber properties, but soon entered the lumber business for himself. In 1858 he settled permanently in Marinette, where his lumbering operations expanded steadily, especially during the Civil War. Although Stephenson suffered heavy losses in the Peshtigo fire of 1871, he recouped, and soon was one of the wealthiest lumbermen in the Great Lakes area, with real-estate holdings in Marinette, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Chicago, and throughout the Great Lakes, as well as vast acreages of pine lands in northern Wisconsin and Michigan. A Republican, Stephenson's wealth made him an important figure in state politics. He was state assemblyman (1866, 1868), and in 1882 was elected to Congress and served three terms (Mar. 1883-Mar. 1889). He was not a candidate for re-election in 1888, and in 1899 was unsuccessful in his bid for the U.S. Senatorship. In 1900 he threw his support and substantial financial backing behind Robert M. La Follette, Sr. (q.v.), in his campaign for the Wisconsin governorship, and for a number of years was a prominent adviser to the Progressive faction of the Republican party, and a liberal contributor to its campaign funds. In 1901 he established the Milwaukee Free Press, providing Progressive-Republicans with a metropolitan newspaper, and competition for the Stalwart-controlled Milwaukee Sentinel. In 1907 Stephenson sought the U.S. Senate seat made vacant by the resignation of John C. Spooner (q.v.) and, after a brief deadlock, was elected by the Progressive-controlled state legislature. In 1908 he ran for renomination in the Republican primary, was opposed by La Follette, presumably because of his age, but despite this opposition won the nomination through lavish use of his personal wealth, and was re-elected by the legislature in 1909. Although his election was twice blocked by fraud investigations in both the state legislature and the U.S. Senate, Stephenson was eventually vindicated and resumed his seat in the Senate, serving from May, 1907, to Mar., 1915. After returning from Washington in 1915, Stephenson retired to his home in Marinette, where he remained until his death. Noted for his local philanthropies in Marinette, a park, street, and memorial library are named in his honor. Dict. Amer. Biog.; I. Stephenson, Recollections of a Long Life (Chicago, 1915); Wis. Blue Book (1911); Biog. Dir. Amer. Cong. (1928); R. S. Maxwell, La Follette and the Rise of the Progressives . . . [Madison, 1956]; Marinette Star, June 19, 1922; Superior Telegram, Mar. 15, 1918.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Isaac Stephenson Fishing Trip Photographs for details. See also the Isaac Stephenson Letters.

[Source: Blue book]

221 records found

Sabin, Ellen Clara 1850 - 1949
Salisbury, Rollin D. 1858 - 1922
Salomon, Col. Charles Eberhardt (1824-1881)
Salomon, Gen. Frederick (1826-1897)
Salomon, Gov. Edward (1828-1909)
Salzmann, Joseph 1819 - 1874
Sampson, William Harkness 1808 - 1892
Sanasarian, Harout O. 1944
Sanborn, Albert Whittemore 1853 - 1937
Sanborn, Arthur Loomis 1850 - 1920
Sanders, Charles R. 1950
Sanders, Col. Horace T. (1820-1865)
Sanderson, William E. 1902 - 1952
Sanford, Albert Hart 1866 - 1956
Satherley, Arthur E., 1889 - 1986
Sauerhering, Edward 1864 - 1924
Sawyer, Philetus 1816 - 1900
Schadeberg, Henry C. 1913
Schaeffer, Jr., Frank E. 1905
Schafer, Chuck 1963
Schafer, Joseph 1867 - 1941
Schandein, Emil 1840 - 1888
Schaus, Thomas M. 1937
Schilling, Robert 1843 - 1922
Schinner, Augustine Francis 1863 - 1937
Schlesinger, Ferdinand 1851 - 1921
Schlitz, Joseph 1831 - 1875
Schlueter, Fred W. 1895
Schmedeman, Albert George 1864 - 1946
Schmeichel, Ewald J. 1889
Schmidt, Carl Henry 1835 - 1888
Schmidt, Charles J. 1907
Schmidt, Earl William 1936
Schmidt, Gary J. 1947
Schmidt, Robert 1913
Schneeberg, Ervin F. 1919
Schneider, George John 1877 - 1939
Schneider, Joseph 1845 - 1927
Schneider, Marlin D. 1942
Schneiders, Lolita 1931
Schober, John C. 1951
Schoeffler, Moritz 1813 - 1875
Schooff, Dan 1971
Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 1793 - 1864
Schorer, Mark 1908 - 1977
Schowalter, Elmer J. 1894
Schowalter, Herbert J. 1927
Schreiber, Martin J. 1939
Schricker, Kenneth 1921
Schroeder, Frederick C. 1910
Schuele, Wilfred 1906
Schuette, J[Oachim] H[Einrich] 1821 - 1908
Schultz, Dale W. 1953
Schurz, Carl (1829-1906)
Schurz, Margarethe [Meyer] (Mrs. Carl Schurz) 1833
Schwartz, Jerome T. 1951
Schwebach, James 1847 - 1921
Schwefel, William S. 1902
Scocos, John A. 1956
Scofield, Edward 1842 - 1925
Scotch Giant (F.W. Shadick)
Scots in Wisconsin
Scott, Almere L. 1877 - 1946
Scott, Thomas B. 1829 - 1886
Scott, Walter E. 1911 - 1983
Scott, William Amasa 1862 - 1944
Seaman, Gilbert Edmund 1869 - 1941
Seaman, William Henry 1842 - 1915
Searing, Edward 1835 - 1898
Seery, Thomas 1945
Seide, Herman Otto 1886 - 1943
Seidel, Emil 1864 - 1947
Sell, Hildegarde, 1906 - 2005
Sell, Ronald A. 1945
Sensenbrenner Jr., F. James 1943
Sensenbrenner, Frank Jacob 1864 - 1952
Seratti, Lorraine M. 1949
Serbians in Wisconsin
Severance, Juliet H. 1833 - 1919
Severson, Herman John 1869 - 1950
Shabaz, John C. 1931
Shannon, Susan Jane 1952
Shaw, Daniel 1813 - 1881
Shaw, George Bullen 1854 - 1894
Sheehan, James Patrick 1866 - 1936
Sheldon, John P. 1792 - 1871
Shepard, Eugene S. 1854 - 1923
Sherman, Benjamin Franklin 1836 - 1915
Sherman, Gary E. 1949
Sherry, Laura [Case] 1873 - 1947
Shibilski, Kevin 1961
Shilling, Jennifer 1969
Shipman, Stephen Vaughn 1825 - 1905
Shoemaker, Richard A. 1951
Sholes, Charles Clark 1816 - 1867
Sholes, Christopher Latham 1819 - 1890
Showerman, Grant 1870 - 1935
Shurbert, Floyd E. 1900
Sicula, Paul E. 1939
Siebecker, Robert George 1854 - 1922
Siggenauk, Ojibwe chief
Silbaugh, Rudy 1930
Simmons, Zalmon Gilbert 1828 - 1910
Sinicki, Christine 1960
Skavlem, Halvor Lars 1846 - 1939
Skindrud, Richard A. 1944
Skinner, Ernest Brown 1863 - 1935
Slaby, John W. 1934
Slaughter, Moses Stephen 1860 - 1923
Slichter, Charles Sumner 1864 - 1946
Sloan, Andrew Scott 1820 - 1895
Sloan, Ithamar Conkey 1822 - 1898
Slovaks in Wisconsin
Slovenians in Wisconsin
Smith, "Red" (Walter W.) 1905 - 1982
Smith, Abraham Hyatt 1814 - 1892
Smith, Abram Daniel 1811 - 1865
Smith, Arthur Oliver 1859 - 1913
Smith, Augustus Ledyard 1833 - 1902
Smith, Charles P. 1926
Smith, Dena A. 1899
Smith, Erastus Gilbert 1855 - 1937
Smith, George Baldwin 1823 - 1879
Smith, Henry Jr. 1838 - 1916
Smith, Hiram 1817 - 1890
Smith, Hiram 1829 - 1900
Smith, John Melgar 1872 - 1947
Smith, Jr., Charles F. 1918
Smith, Patricia Spafford 1925
Smith, Reeder 1804 - 1892
Smith, Walter Mcmynn 1869 - 1938
Smith, Warren Robert 1889 - 1957
Smith, William E. 1824 - 1883
Smith, William Rudolph 1787 - 1868
Smith, Winfield 1827 - 1899
Snell, Mariette Huntly
Snow, Benjamin Warner 1860 - 1928
Snyder, Harry G. 1938
Sobocinski, Sherman R. 1927
Soglin, Paul, 1945 -
Soik, Nile W. 1923
Sokolowski, George 1917
Solie, Denise L. 1954
Somers, Peter J. 1850 - 1924
Soucie, Kevin 1954
Souligny, 18th-c. French trader
Souligny, Menominee leader, 1785-1864
Southerners in Wisconsin
Sowinski, Sylvester J. 1923 - 1986
Spahn, Warren Edward 1921 - 2003
Spillner, Joan Wade 1962
Spooner, John Coit 1843 - 1919
Spooner, Wyman 1795 - 1877
Spotted Arm (Broken Arm), Ho-Chunk chief
Springer, Thomas J. 1968
St. Clair, Arthur, 1734-1818
St. Cosme, Fr. Jean François Buisson de, dates unv
St. Martin, Alexis
Stack, Edward 1918
Stafford, William Henry 1869 - 1957
Stalbaum, Lynn E. 1920
Stalbaum, Merrill 1911
Stambaugh, Samuel C.
Stanley, Lemuel Castle 1828 - 1909
Starbuck, Frank Washburn 1845 - 1929
Starkweather, John Converse 1830 - 1890
Starr, Elisha 1806 - 1893
Staskunas, Anthony J. 1961
Stauffer, Christ M. 1896
Stearns, John William 1839 - 1909
Stearns, Lutie Eugenia 1866 - 1943
Steiger, William Albert, 1938-1978.
Steinbrink, John P. 1949
Steinhilber, Jack D. 1931
Steinmetz, Donald W. 1924
Stephenson, Isaac 1829 - 1918
Stepp, Cathy 1963
Sterling, John Whelan 1816 - 1885
Stevens, Brooks 1911-1995
Stevens, Edmond Ray 1869 - 1930
Stevens, John 1840 - 1920
Stevenson, Leslie R. 1915
Stewart, Alexander 1829 - 1912
Stewart, Alva 1821 - 1889
Stewart, James M. 1936
Stitt, Donald K. 1944
Stoddard, Thomas Benton 1800 - 1876
Stone, Jeff 1961
Stone, Jesse 1836 - 1902
Stone, John Nelson 1835 - 1919
Storrow, Samuel Appleton 1787-1837
Stout, Henry Lane 1814 - 1900
Stout, James Huff 1848 - 1910
Stow, Alexander Wolcott 1805 - 1854
Stowell, John Maxwell 1824 - 1907
Stower, Harvey 1944
Strang, James Jesse 1813 - 1856
Street, Joseph Montfort 1780 - 1840
Strohl, Joseph A. 1946
Strong, Henry Partridge 1832 - 1883
Strong, Marshall Mason 1813 - 1864
Strong, Moses Mccure 1810 - 1894
Struebing, Wilmer H. 1910
Stucki, Jacob 1857 - 1930
Sturdevant, Lafayette Monroe 1856 - 1923
Sturtevant, John Loomis 1865 - 1939
Suder, Scott 1968
Sullivan, William T. 1894
Sumner, Daniel Hadley 1837 - 1903
Sussman, Norman 1905
Suydam, John Voorhees 1810 - 1885
Swan, Monroe 1937
Sweda, Joseph 1926
Swedes in Wisconsin
Sweet, Alanson 1804 - 1891
Sweet, Col. Benjamin (1832-1874)
Swingle, Frank Bell 1874 - 1956
Swiss in Wisconsin
Swoboda, Lary J. 1939
Sykes, Diane S. 1957
Sykora, Tom 1946

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