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On This Day: March 12

1854 - Rep. George Shaw

On this date, George Bullen Shaw was born in Alma, Allegany County, N.Y. Shaw moved to Eau Claire in 1856 with his father and attended public schools. He graduated college in Chicago in 1871 and worked in the lumber industry. Shaw was a member of the Common Council of Eau Claire from 1876 to 1887 and served as mayor of Eau Claire in 1888 and 1889. He was also a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1884 and elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third Congress, where he served from March 4, 1893, until his death in Eau Claire on August 27, 1894. He is buried in Lake View Cemetery.

1862 - (Civil War) 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry Mustered In

The 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry mustered in at Milwaukee. It would go on to participate in the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, on December 7, 1862, and in the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, the following year. The regiment would lose 312 men during service. Twenty-four enlisted men were killed in combat, and four officers and 284 enlisted men died from disease.

1881 - Daniel Webster Hoan

Daniel Webster Hoan was born on this day in 1881. He left school early but took evening classes and in 1908 qualified as a lawyer. He became Milwaukee's city attorney in 1911 and in 1916 was elected mayor of Milwaukee, an office to which he was successively re-elected until 1940. A political radical who appealed to heavily unionized urban voters, Hoan's remains the longest continuous Socialist administration in U.S. history. During his three decades at the helm of city government, he enacted many progressive changes, including the building of low-cost housing called Garden Homes. In 1940 he was defeated for re-election by Carl F Zeidler. Hoan ran unsuccessfully ran for Governor in 1944 and 1946, then largely retired from politics as the nation and state became more conservative after World War Two. He died in 1961.