1895 – Cordelia Harvey Passes Away

On this date Cordelia Adelaide Perrine Harvey Chester, wife of Governor Louis P. Harvey, died in Clinton, Rock County. She was born on December 7, 1824, in Barre, New York. The daughter of John Perrine and Mary Hebard, Cordelia Adelaide Perrine arrived in Southport (now Kenosha) in the mid-1840s where she taught school. She married Louis P. Harvey on November 2, 1847, in Kenosha. The Harveys had one daughter, Mary, who died in infancy. Louis P. Harvey was inaugurated governor in 1862 but drowned shortly thereafter while visiting Wisconsin troops in the South. Known as the "Wisconsin Angel" for her humanitarian efforts during the Civil War, Cordelia persuaded her husband’s successor, Edward Salomon, to grant her the title of Sanitary Agent. She visited soldiers in military hospitals throughout the country and promoted relocation of these to the North, where the climate better facilitated recovery. She appealed her case to President Lincoln. The first Harvey hospital was located in former Governor Farwell’s mansion on Lake Monona in Madison, followed by others in Prairie du Chien and Milwaukee. She became superintendent of the Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home in 1866. She married Rev. Albert T. Chester in 1876, in New York. Cordelia Adelaide Perrine Harvey Chester is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, in Madison. [Source: , by Nancy G. Williams, pg. 53]