1904 – James Taylor Lewis Dies

On this date Wisconsin Governor James Taylor Lewis died in Columbus. Taylor was born on October 30, 1819, in Clarendon, New York. After migrating to Columbus, Wisconsin, in 1845, Lewis served as district attorney, probate judge, delegate to the 1847-1848 Constitutional Convention, State Assemblyman in 1852, State Senator in 1853, Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State in 1861. He served as governor from 1864 to 1866. Lewis refused renomination for a second term. After 1866, where he resumed his legal career and pursued the quiet life of a gentleman-farmer. He died in 1904 and is buried in Columbus. [Source: First Ladies of Wisconsin-The Governors’ Wives by Nancy G. Williams, p.255]