Wisconsin's GovernorsApril 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.