1816 – Coles Bashford Born

On this date Wisconsin governor was born near Cold Spring, New York. After moving to Oshkosh in 1850, Bashford was elected as a Whig to the state senate in 1852 and 1854. Initially, Bashford was defeated in the 1855 election but was named governor after his opponent, William Barstow, was found guilty of . Coles Bashford served as governor from 1856 to 1858. From 1858 to 1863 he practiced law in Oshkosh. After 1863, he moved to the Arizona Territory where he served as attorney general. Coles Bashford died on March 25, 1878, in Tucson, Arizona and is buried in Oakland, California. [Source: by Nancy G. Williams, p.254]