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1st Wisconsin Legislature

The First Wisconsin Legislature convened from June 5, 1848 to August 21, 1848 in regular session. Members of the Assembly and Senate were elected after an election on February 1, 1848 that ratified the proposed state constitution.


  • 1st Regular session: June 4, 1848–August 21, 1848

Party summary



President of the Senate
John E. Holmes,

Lieutenant Governor

Chief Clerk
Henry G. Abbey


Speaker of the Assembly
Ninian E. Whiteside
Chief Clerk
Daniel Noble Johnson



Members of the Wisconsin Senate for the First Wisconsin Legislature:

District Counties Senator Party
1 Brown, Calumet, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Harrison C. Hobart Democrat
2 Columbia, Marquette, Portage, Sauk Henry Merrill Whig
3 Crawford, Chippewa, St. Croix, La Pointe Daniel G. Fenton Democrat
4 Fond du Lac, Winnebago Warren Chase Independent
5 Iowa, Richland Henry M. Billings Democrat
6 Grant George W. Lakin Whig
7 Lafayette Thomas K. Gibson
8 Green E.T. Gardner
9 Dane Simeon Mills
10 Dodge William M. Dennis
11 Washington Frederick W. Horn
12 Jefferson Myron B. Williams
13 Waukesha Joseph Turner
14 Walworth John W. Boyd
15 Rock Otis W. Norton Whig
16 Racine 1 Christopher Latham Sholes
17 Racine 2 Philo White Democrat
18 Milwaukee 1 Asa Kinney
19 Milwaukee 2 Riley N. Messenger Democrat


Members of the Assembly for the First

Wisconsin Legislature (66):

Counties Representative Party
Brown David Agry
Calumet Lemuel Goodell Democrat
Columbia Joseph Kerr
Crawford & Chippewa William T. Sterling
Dane 1 Henry M. Warner
Dane 2 Ebenezer Brigham
Dane 3 Samuel H. Roys
Dodge 1 Lorenzo Merrill
Dodge 2 Charles Billinghurst
Dodge 3 Benjamin Randall
Dodge 4 Monroe Thompson
Dodge 5 Stephen Jones
Fond du Lac 1 Charles Doty
Fond du Lac 2 Jonathan Daugherty
Grant 1 James Gilmore
Grant 2 Noah Virgin Whig
Grant 3 Armisted C. Brown
Grant 4 Arthur W. Worth
Green Henry Adams
Iowa & Richland 1 Thomas Jenkins
Iowa & Richland 2 Abner Nichols
Jefferson 1 Wales Emmons
Jefferson 2 Peter H. Turner
Jefferson 3 Davenport Rood
Lafayette 1 Elias Slothower Democrat
Lafayette 2 Ninian E. Whiteside
Marquette Archibald Nicholls
Milwaukee] 1 Edward Wunderly
Milwaukee] 2 Augustus Greulich Democrat
Milwaukee] 3 William W. Brown
Milwaukee] 4 Leonard P. Crary
Milwaukee] 5 Andrew Sullivan
Milwaukee] 6 Horace Chase
Milwaukee] 7 Perley J. Shumway
Manitowoc] Ezra Durgen
St Croix & La Pointe William R. Marshall
Portage James M. Campbell
Racine 1 David McDonald
Racine 2 Henry B. Roberts
Racine 3 Samuel E. Chapman
Racine 4 Julius L. Gilbert
Racine 5 Elias Woodworth, Jr.
Rock 1 G.F.A. Atherton
Rock 2 Alanson B. Vaughn
Rock 3 A.P. Blakeslee, Robert T. Carey
Rock 4 Nathaniel Strong
Sauk Delano Pratt
Sheboygan 1 Charles E. Morris
Sheboygan 2 Jedediah Brown
Walworth 1 Gaylord Graves
Walworth 2 Prosper Cravath
Walworth 3 Erasmus D. Richardson
Walworth 4 Hugh Long
Walworth 5 Milo Kelsey
Waukesha 1 Joseph W. Brackett
Waukesha 2 Dewey K. Warren
Waukesha 3 Chauncey G. Heath
Waukesha 4 George M. Humphrey
Waukesha 5 Joseph Bond
Washington 1 Henry Allen
Washington 2 Benjamin H. Mooers
Washington 3 Adophus Zimmerman
Washington 4 Densmore Maxon Democrat
Washington 5 William Caldwell
Winnebago Erasmus D. Hall



  • William R. Smith, The History of Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin: Beriah Brown, 1854, p. 303-05.
  • 1872

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