1818 – Cadwallader Colden Washburn Born

On this date , for whom Washburn County is named, was born in Maine. He moved to Davenport, Iowa, in 1839, where he was employed in the geological survey of that state, and also lived in Illinois before he settled in Mineral Point, Wis., in 1842. A leading attorney and businessman, Washburn founded the Mineral Point Bank in 1852 and was elected as a Republican to Congress, where he served from 1855-1861. He rose from colonel of the to brigadier general during the Civil War, when he had at least one . After again serving in Congress (1867-1871) he was elected of Wisconsin from 1872 to 1874. He made a fortune in the lumber and industries in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Washburn died on May 15, 1882, and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, La Crosse, Wisconsin. [Source: ]