Kilgore, Damon Y[Oung?] 1827 - 1888 | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Kilgore, Damon Y[Oung?] 1827 - 1888

Kilgore, Damon Y[Oung?] 1827 - 1888 | Wisconsin Historical Society
educator, lawyer, reformer, b. Bartlett, N.H. He served as a lay preacher in New England for several years, and in 1854 moved to Wisconsin, settling in Madison, where from 1855 to 1860 he served as superintendent of schools. As Madison's first superintendent, he successfully promoted the construction of two ward schoolhouses and the purchase of a high school building. Leaving Madison in 1860 he became principal of Evansville Seminary, and from 1863 to 1865 served under commission from the President as captain and assistant quartermaster of U.S. Volunteers. At the close of the Civil War he moved to Philadelphia, graduated from the Univ. of Pennsylvania (LL.B., 1867), and practiced law in the East until his death. After leaving Wisconsin, he became a prominent leader in the spiritualist and women's rights movements. Boston Banner of Light, July 14, 1888; R. G. Thwaites, Hist. Sketch of the Public Schools of Madison (Madison, 1886); Hist. of Dane Co. (Chicago, 1880).

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[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]