1916 – George Wilbur Peck Dies

On this date Wisconsin governor and comic author died. Peck was born in New York in 1840, but lived in Wisconsin from 1843 until his death in 1916. He was connected with newspapers in Whitewater, Jefferson, and founded the in 1874, which he later moved to Milwaukee. At one time he was the best-known Wisconsin writer in the nation, for his sketches titled “Peck’s Bad Boy.” He was also the author of , and , as well as many other stories in some way connected with the mischief-loving, mirth-provoking “Bad Boy.” One of his books, , is online at Project Gutenberg. Peck served in the Union Army during the Civil War and was elected mayor of Milwaukee in 1890. He served as Governor of Wisconsin from 1891 to 1895 but was defeated for re-election. Peck is buried at Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee.