1843 – John Coit Spooner Born

On this date, John Coit Spooner was born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. He moved to Madison, Wisconsin with his parents in 1859. After attending the University of Wisconsin, Spooner enlisted as a private and was brevetted major at the close of the Civil War. He served as private and military secretary to the Governor of Wisconsin and went on to study law. He started his as assistant attorney general of the State until 1870 and as a member of the State assembly in 1872. Spooner was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1885 to March 3, 1891. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election. He was also an unsuccessful Republican candidate for governor of Wisconsin in 1892. He moved to Madison in 1893 and again was elected to the United States Senate in 1897. Spooner was re-elected in 1903 and served from March 4, 1897 until his resignation, effective April 30, 1907. He declined the positions of Secretary of the Interior and Attorney General in the Cabinet of President William McKinley as well as the position of Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President William Howard Taft. He died in New York City on June 11, 1919. He is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison, Wisconsin. [Source: ]