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Seaman, William Henry 1842 - 1915

Seaman, William Henry 1842 - 1915 | Wisconsin Historical Society
lawyer, politician, judge, b. New Berlin, Waukesha County. He moved with his parents to Sheboygan in 1845, and shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War began to read law in a local office. During the Civil War, he served in Co. H, 1st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry (1861-1864), rose to the rank of sergeant, and, after being mustered out in 1864, continued to serve as clerk in the military department of Tennessee (1864-1866). Returning to Sheboygan in 1866, Seaman continued his law studies, was admitted to the bar, and practiced law there until appointed judge of the federal district court for eastern Wisconsin in 1893. Seaman served in this capacity until 1905, when he was appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt as U.S. circuit judge of the 7th judicial circuit, continuing in this post until his death. A Democrat, Seaman was chairman of the party's state convention in 1888, and a delegate to the national convention in that year. He was president of the Wisconsin State Bar Association (1893-1898), a regent of the Univ. of Wisconsin (1891-1893), and had numerous business interests in Sheboygan. He died while vacationing in California. Who's Who in Amer., 8 (1914); Proc. State Bar Assoc. Wis., 1I (1916); Sheboygan Press, Mar. 8, 1915.

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[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]