1831 – John Winans Born

On this date John Winans was born in Vernon, New Jersey. Winans moved to Janesville, Wisconsin, in 1857 where he practiced law. After serving as an alderman inJanesville in 1861 and city attorney (1865-1875), he later served as mayor for the years 1885-1887. He was elected to the State Assembly in 1874, 1882, 1887, and 1891. He served as colonel on the staff of Governor Taylor in 1874 and 1875. Winans was elected as a Democrat to Congress, serving from March 4, 1883, to March 3, 1885. [Source: ]