Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
Leonard J. Farwell (Wikipedia)

"Former Wisconsin Governor Saw Lincoln Shot" Wisconsin State Journal

Read More About It

"Dictionary of Wisconsin Biography" by Wisconsin Historical Society

"Wisconsin Blue Book" 1960



Interesting Fact:

Farwell is credited with saving the life of Vice President Andrew Johnson by warning him of a possible attack on the night that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

Study Questions:

  • What is Farwell best known for while serving as Wisconsin's governor?
  • What is the Whig Party?
  • What job did Farwell have in Washington, D.C.?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on April 11:

    1951: General Douglas MacArthur is relieved of his military duties by President Harry Truman.

  • April 11

    Wisconsin's Governors
    April 11, 1889: Leonard Farwell, Wisconsin's second governor, died on April 11, 1889. He was born on January 5, 1819 in Watertown, New York. In 1840, Farwell moved to Milwaukee where be was involved in the wholesale business. Farwell moved to Madison in 1847 where he purchased a large amount of real estate. By 1851 Farwell was involved in politics and was nominated for governor in the Whig Party. He narrowly won election and served until January 1854. Farwell spent some time working in Washington, D.C. and Chicago where he lost most of his property in the great Chicago fire.

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