Columbus in Columbia County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Governor James Taylor Lewis / Governor Lewis: Civil War Era
Governor James Taylor Lewis · 1819 – 1904
Governor James T. Lewis, the ninth Governor of Wisconsin (1864-66), led the state through the tumultuous conclusion of the Civil War. He was born in New Your State and in 1845 settled in Columbus where he practiced law. In 1854-56 he built this house in the Italianate style of architecture. Lewis began his political career as a Democrat, serving in the Assembly, state Senate and as lieutenant governor. He joined the new Republican party and was elected secretary of state in 1861 and governor, by an overwhelming majority, in 1863. Lewis served one term and returned to his large land holdings and legal profession in Columbus.
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Governor Lewis: Civil War Era
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As the last of Wisconsin's four Civil War governors, Governor Lewis made a substantial contribution to the northern cause. At a time when morale was low and money was scarce, he both met and worked to lower the state's conscription quota. Lewis, along with the four other western governors, designed the "one hundred day militia" program and convinced the War Department to continue the high bounty for new army recruits. He made extensive visits to Civil War army hospitals and camps and secured the transfer home of many of Wisconsin's sick and wounded soldiers.
Erected 1995 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 324.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 20.553′ N, 89° 1.271′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Wisconsin, in Columbia County. Marker is at the intersection of West James Street (State Highway 16 / 60) and South Charles Street, on the right when traveling east on West James Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 711 West James Street, Columbus WI 53925, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Columbus City Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Columbus Public Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Farmers & Merchants Union Bank (approx. 0.4 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away); Lowell Women Firefighters (approx. 10.1 miles away); Frederick Douglass (approx. 12 miles away); Marshall Academy and High School (approx. 12.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
Also see . . . James T. Lewis. Wikipedia entry.
Categories. • Government • Notable Persons • War, US Civil •
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