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Virtual American Biographies - Lucius Fairchild

Grand Army of the Republic: General Lucius Fairchild

Fairchild, WI

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"Dictionary of Wisconsin Biography" by Wisconsin Historical Society

"The empty sleeve, a biography of Lucius Fairchild" by Sam Ross

"Wisconsin Blue Book" 1960



Interesting Fact:

Fairchild's father, Jairus, was a partner in a tannery in Ohio with John Brown, the abolitionist.

Study Questions:

  • What kind of success did Fairchild have while searching for gold in California?
  • What rank did Fairchild reach while serving in the Civil War?
  • What were the highlights of his administration during his three terms as governor?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on December 27:

    1900: Carrie Nation, the crusader against saloons, first uses a hatchet to destroy a saloon in Wichita, Kansas.
    1932: Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City.
    1947: Howdy Doody premiers on NBC television.

  • December 27

    Wisconsin's Governors:

    Lucius Fairchild, the tenth governor of Wisconsin, was born in 1831 in Kent, Ohio. His family moved to Madison in 1846. Three years later Fairchild
    became a forty-niner as he headed for the gold fields of California. On his return to Wisconsin, Fairchild was admitted to the bar in 1860. He served in the Civil War with his regiments forming a part of the "Iron Brigade" at the second battle of Bull Run. He was severely wounded at Gettysburg which resulted in his left arm being amputated. Shortly after his return to Wisconsin from Gettysburg, Fairchild was elected secretary of state and was elected governor two years later. He served three terms. Fairchild served as consul to Liverpool, consul-general to Paris and minister to Spain. Died: May 23, 1896.

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