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Monroe, Marie Jussen "Biographical sketch of Edmund Jussen"


Biographical Sketch of Edmund Jussen: This memoir by his daughter reveals the personal and public sides of Jussen (1830-1891), a cousin of Carl Schurz (1829-1906) and fellow expatriate. Jussen came to Wisconsin in 1847 and initially lived hand-to-mouth in Portage, Columbia County, and with Count Agoston Haraszthy (1812-1869) at Prairie du Sac in Sauk Co. before opening a general store in Columbus in 1849. He studied law on his own, married Schurz's younger sister Antoinette in 1856, and was admitted to the bar in 1859 in Madison, from which place he was elected to the Assembly in 1861. A staunch Republican and anti-slavery advocate, he was appointed colonel of the Wisconsin 23rd Infantry in 1862 but was invalided out in 1863 with a lifelong illness. He practiced law in Chicago after the war until he was named U.S. Consul General in Vienna, Austria, in 1885. He died in Frankfurt, Germany, while en route home to the U.S. in 1891. The article includes many personal anecdotes passed down in his family. (20 pages)

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Citation: Monroe, Marie Jussen "Biographical sketch of Edmund Jussen" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 12 /Issue: 2 (1928-1929)

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