1850 – Milwaukee Mayor Peter J. Somers Born

On this date, was born in Menominee Falls. After attending the common schools and the Whitewater Normal School, Somers attended Waukesha Academy to study law. Somers was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 1874 and served as the city attorney of Milwaukee from 1882 to 1884. In 1890, he was elected to the common council, serving as mayor of Milwaukee until 1893. Elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third U.S. Congress, he served from August 27, 1893 to March 3, 1895 Somers moved to Reno, Nevada, in 1905, served as chairman of the State Democratic central committee from 1907 to 1909, and died in Los Angeles, California, on February 15, 1924. [Source: .]