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Term: Rublee, Horace 1829 - 1896

Definition:

newspaperman, politician, diplomat, b. Berkshire, Franklin County, Vt. He moved with his parents to Wisconsin in 1840, settling in Sheboygan. He attended the Univ. of Wisconsin for one year (1849), taught school for a time in Sheboygan County, but soon moved to Madison, where he was legislative reporter for the Madison Argus and Democrat (1852--1853). In 1853 he cast his political lot with the Whigs, was employed as an editorial writer for David Atwood's (q.v.) Wisconsin State Journal, and in the following year purchased a part interest in the paper. Active in the organization of the Republican party, Rublee was secretary of the state mass meeting held at Madison, July 13, 1854. He subsequently became a prominent party leader, was state chairman of the Republican party (1859-1869), and was known as a prominent member of the Madison "Regency," the sobriquet applied to the ruling clique of the state Republicans. In 1868 he was a delegate to the national Republican convention, and in 1869 was an unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate. Appointed minister to Switzerland by President U. S. Grant in 1869, Rublee sold his interest in the Wisconsin State journal, and served abroad until 1877. He re-entered politics upon his return, was again Republican state chairman (1877-1879), at a time when the party was divided over the "greenback issue," and successfully led the fight to force the party to make an unequivocal hard money stand. In 1879 he went to Boston to assume the editorship of the Boston Advertiser, but returned to Wisconsin after spending one year in the East. In 1881 Rublee organized a company to purchase the Milwaukee Daily News, restyled the paper the Milwaukee Republican and News, and in 1882 purchased the Milwaukee Sentinel, merging these two papers under the title Milwaukee Sentinel. Rublee was editor of this newspaper until his death, and made it the most powerful conservative Republican paper in the state. Dict. Amer. Biog.; A. M. Thomson, Political Hist. of Wis. (Milwaukee, 1900); H.L. Conard, ed., Hist. of Milwaukee (3 vols., Chicago [1896]); Milwaukee Sentinel, Oct. 19, 1896; WPA MS.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Horace Rublee Diary and Reminiscences for details.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

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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