Wisconsin History Day By Day

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Coles Bashford (Wikipedia)

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"Dictionary of Wisconsin Biography" by Wisconsin Historical Society

"Wisconsin Blue Book" 1960



Interesting Fact:

Bashford entered the governor's office amid controversy and two years later left the office surrounded by another controversy.

Study Questions:

  • What was unusual about the way Bashford took the governor's office?
  • What were the primary issues while Bashford was in office?
  • What were the results of Bashford's dealings with the railroads while he was governor?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on April 25:

    1901: New York is the first state to issue automobile license plates.

  • April 25

    Wisconsin's Governors
    April 25, 1878: Coles Bashford, Wisconsin's fifth governor, died on April 25, 1878. Born in New York state on January 24, 1816, Bashford moved to Oshkosh in 1850 to resume his law practice. He quickly entered Wisconsin politics by being elected to the state Senate in 1852. He became Wisconsin's first Republican nominee for governor in 1855, taking office for one term on March 25, 1856. He moved to the territory of Arizona in 1863 and became heavily involved in Arizona politics.

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