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Term: Payne, Henry Clay 1843 - 1904

Definition:

railroad executive, businessman, politician, U.S. postmaster general, b. Ashfield, Mass. He graduated from Shelburne Falls (Mass.) Academy in 1859. In 1863 he moved to Wisconsin, settling in Milwaukee, where for a time he worked as a cashier in a dry goods store. In 1867 he began his career in the insurance business, achieved considerable success, and soon became active in local Republican politics. In 1876 he was appointed postmaster of Milwaukee by President U. S. Grant, serving in this capacity until the Democrats gained control of the national administration in 1885. After being relieved of his duties as postmaster, Payne resumed his business pursuits and became prominent in the development of local public utilities. He was vice-president of the Wisconsin Telephone Co. (1886-1889), president (1889-1899), and in 1890 became vice-president of the Milwaukee Street Railway Co. Payne was president of this organization (1892-1895), and in 1896 was named vice-president of its successor, the reorganized Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Co. He was also president of the Milwaukee and Northern R.R. (1890-1893), and the Chicago and Calumet Terminal Railway (1894-1896), as well as several other railway and inter-urban lines. In various capacities, but principally through his railroad promotions, Payne was instrumental in developing the towns of North Milwaukee, Tomahawk, Babcock, and Minocqua. In addition to his widespread business activities, Payne maintained his political connections, and for many years was recognized as one of the most important Stalwart Republican leaders in the state. With J. C. Spooner (q.v.) and Philetus Sawyer (q.v.), Payne virtually dominated Republican patronage in Wisconsin, and until his death played a vital role in staving off the revolt of insurgent Republicans under the leadership of Robert M. La Follette, Sr. (q.v.). Although never a candidate for elective office, Payne was a Republican national committeeman from 1880 until his death, and in 1896 managed the Western headquarters in the presidential campaign of William McKinley. In 1900 he was instrumental in securing the nomination of Theodore Roosevelt as the Republican vice-presidential candidate, and in 1902 was appointed postmaster general in President Roosevelt's cabinet. Less than three years later after accepting his cabinet post, Payne died suddenly in Washington, D.C. Dict. Amer. Biog.; Who's Who in Amer., 3 (1903); W. W. Wight, H. C. Payne (Milwaukee, 1907); Wis. Mag. Hist., 35.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Henry Clay Payne Papers for details.

View newspaper clippings at Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles.

[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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