William Freeman Vilas

William Freeman Vilas

Birth
Chelsea, Orange County, Vermont, USA
Death 27 Aug 1908 (aged 68)
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
Plot Section 31, Lot 1, Grave 12
Memorial ID 6795666 · View Source
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Civil War Union Army Officer, US Senator, Presidential Cabinent Secretary. Commissioned as Captain and commander of Company A, 23rd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry at the start of the Civil War. Through his successive service he was promoted first to Major, then Lieuteant Colonel of the regiment, and served until the end of the conflict. Appointed as Postmaster General in the cabinet of President Grover Cleveland. serving from 1885 to 1888. In 1888 he was appointed as Secretary of the Interior, and served in that office until 1889. He was then elected as a Democratic Senator from Wisconsin to the United States Senate, serving from 1891 to 1897. He was unsuccessful in a 1896 reelection bid, having been defeated by Senator John Coit Spooner.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Added: 21 Sep 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6795666
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Freeman Vilas (9 Jul 1840–27 Aug 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6795666, citing Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .