1819 – Wisconsin Governor Leonard James Farwell Born

On this date , second governor of the state of Wisconsin, was born in Watertown, New York. The son of James Farwell and Rebecca Cady, Leonard Farwell moved west to Illinois at the age of nineteen and built a successful hardware business. He moved to Milwaukee in 1840, where his firm Cady and Farwell became the largest wholesale hardware house in the Midwest. He sold his business in 1849 and moved to Madison. At 32, Farwell became the youngest governor ever elected in Wisconsin. He served from 1852 to 1854. After the death of his wife, he moved with his children to Chicago. In 1871 he relocated to Grant City, Missouri, where he established a successful banking and real estate business. Leonard James Farwell died on April 10, 1889 in Grant City, Worth County, Missouri, where he is buried. [Source: by Nancy G. Williams, p. 253]