1874 – Grace Ellen Nielson McGovern Born

On this date Grace Ellen Nielson McGovern, sister-in-law of Governor Francis Edward McGovern, was born in the Town of Granville, outside Milwaukee. She was one of the first graduates of the Milwaukee Female Seminary. Grace Ellen Nielson married Dr. John J. McGovern, on November 23, 1898 in Milwaukee. She served as first lady for her bachelor brother-in-law, Governor Francis Edward McGovern, from 1911 to 1915, acting frequently as hostess for many social functions. Grace Ellen Nielson McGovern died on April 20, 1970 in Milwaukee. She is buried beside her husband in Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee. [Source: by Nancy G. Williams, p.127]