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On This Day: November 25

1863 - (Civil War) Battle of Missionary Ridge at Chattanooga, Tennessee

Fourteen Wisconsin units -- seven Wisconsin Infantry regiments and seven Wisconsin Light Artillery batteries participated in breaking the siege at Chattanooga. The 15th and 24th Wisconsin Infantry regiments were among the forces that charged up Missionary Ridge, broke through the Confederate ranks, and seized the strategic location on November 25.

1864 - Governor Al Schmedeman born today

On this date Albert George Schmedeman was born in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1913 Schmedeman was appointed the United States foreign minister to Norway under President Woodrow Wilson.  He served in this capacity until 1921.  In 1925 Schmedeman was elected mayor of Madison, a post he held for 4 terms until his election as governor in 1932. In 1934 Schmedeman lost a leg in a tragic accident, and failed to win reelection as governor in 1935. He died in Madison on November 25, 1946. [Source: First Ladies of Wisconsin, The Governors' Wives by Nancy G. Williams, p. 168,261]