John Coit SPOONER, Congress, WI (1843-1919)

1843-1919
Senate Years of Service:
1885-1891; 1897-1907
Party:
Republican; Republican

SPOONER, John Coit, a Senator from Wisconsin; born in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Ind., January 6, 1843; moved to Wisconsin with his parents, who settled in Madison in 1859; attended the common schools and graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison 1864; during the Civil War enlisted as a private and was brevetted major at the close of the war; private and military secretary to the Governor of Wisconsin; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1867 and served as assistant attorney general of the State until 1870; moved to Hudson, Wis., and practiced law 1870-1884; member, State assembly 1872; member of the board of regents of Wisconsin University; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1885, to March 3, 1891; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on Claims (Forty-ninth through Fifty-first Congresses); unsuccessful Republican candidate for governor of Wisconsin in 1892; moved to Madison in 1893; again elected to the United States Senate in 1897; reelected in 1903 and served from March 4, 1897, until his resignation, effective April 30, 1907; chairman, Committee on Relations with Canada (Fifty-fifth Congress), Committee on Rules (Fifty-fifth through Fifty-ninth Congresses); engaged in the practice of law in New York City; declined the positions of Secretary of the Interior and Attorney General in the Cabinet of President William McKinley in 1898 and 1901; declined the position of Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President William Howard Taft; practiced law in New York City; died in New York City, June 11, 1919; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Wis.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Fowler, Dorothy. John Coit Spooner: Defender of Presidents. New York: University Publishers, 1961; Parker, James. âSenator John C. Spooner, 1887-1907.â Ph.D. dissertation, University of Maryland, 1972.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

 
Educate, entertain, and engage with Factmonster.
From the solar system to the world economy to educational games, Fact Monster has the info kids are seeking. Our site is COPPA and kidSAFE-certified, so you can rest assured it's a safe place for kids to grow and explore.

2000-2019 Sandbox Networks, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

FactMonster.com is certified by the kidSAFE Seal Program

FactMonster.com is certified by the kidSAFE Seal Program. To learn more, click on the seal or go to www.kidsafeseal.com.

Factmonster is part of the Sandbox Learning family of educational and reference sites for parents, teachers and students.

familyeducation logoinfoplease logoTeacherVision logo

 

For more information on our use of cookies and usage policies, please visit our PRIVACY POLICY.