1864 – Governor Al Schmedeman born today

On this date was born in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1913 Schmedeman was appointed the United States foreign minister to Norway under President Woodrow Wilson.  He served in this capacity until 1921.  In 1925 Schmedeman was elected mayor of Madison, a post he held for 4 terms until his election as governor in 1932. In 1934 Schmedeman lost a leg in a tragic accident, and failed to win reelection as governor in 1935. He died in Madison on November 25, 1946. [Source: by Nancy G. Williams, p. 168,261]