Windom, William, 1827-1891

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U.S. senator and representative from Minnesota, U.S. secretary of the treasury, and lawyer.

From the description of William Windom correspondence, 1865-1873. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70981400

William Windom was born in Belmont County, Ohio, on May 10, 1827, the son of Hezekiah and Mercy Spencer Windom. In 1837 the family moved to Knox County, Ohio, where Windom was admitted to the bar in 1850. He commenced practice in Mount Vernon, Ohio and was elected Knox County prosecuting attorney in 1852. In 1855 he moved to Winona, Minnesota and established a practice with M. Wheeler Sargeant and Thomas Wilson. He was elected to Congress in 1859 and served until his 1869 appointment to fill the U.S. Senate vacancy caused by Daniel S. Norton's death. In 1871 he was elected to the Senate and served until his March 1881 appointment as Secretary of the Treasury under President James A. Garfield. Following Garfield's November 1881 death Windom resigned the position. He was then elected to fill his own Senate vacancy and served until 1883 when he failed in a re-election bid. In 1883 he moved to New York City where he again practiced law. Windom was reappointed Secretary of the Treasury by President Benjamin Harrison in March 1889, a position he held until his death in New York City on January 29, 1891.

Windom married Ellen Towne Hatch (1831-1914) of Mount Vernon, Ohio on August 20, 1856. They had three children: William Douglas (1859-1926), Ellen (Nellie) Hatch (1866-1941), and Florence Bronson (1870-).

Biographical data was taken from the collection and from the Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1971 (U.S. Govt. Printing Office: Wash., D.C., 1971) p. 1943.

From the guide to the William Windom and family papers., 1861-1944., (Minnesota Historical Society)

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creatorOf Windom, William, 1827-1891. William Windom and family papers, 1861-1944. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Coffin, Charles Carleton, 1823-1896. Papers of Charles Carleton Coffin [manuscript], 1881-1893. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Mayo, C. H. (Clarence Hastings). Papers of C. H. Mayo, 1879-1883. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf McGill, A. R. (Andrew Ryan), 1840-1905. A.R. McGill and family papers, 1794-1931 (bulk 1870-1900). Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Spinner, Francis Elias, 1802-1890. Herman K. Crofoot collection of Francis Elias Spinner papers, 1792-1908 (bulk 1825-1891). Library of Congress
creatorOf Drake, Elias Franklin, 1813-1892. Elias Franklin Drake and family papers, 1814-1917. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Morrill, Lot M. (Lot Myrick), 1812-1883. Lot M. Morrill papers, 1852-1894. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 60: Meteorological Project, 1849 1875.
referencedIn Fisk family. Papers, 1883-1901. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Mitchell, William Bell, 1843-1930. William B. Mitchell and family papers, 1806-1935. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Wilson, Thomas, 1827-1910. Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, to William Windom, 1865 Mar. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Austin, Horace, 1831-1905. Horace Austin and family papers, 1857-1953. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn United States. President (1889-1893 : Harrison). [Appointment] Joseph E. Lee ... Collector of Customs for the District of Saint Johns in the State of Florida ... fifteenth day of March ... one thousand eight hundred and ninety / Benjamin Harrison ; by the President, William Windom, Secretary of the Treasury. University of North Florida, Carpenter Library, Thomas G. Carpenter Library
referencedIn A. R. McGill and family papers., 1794-1931 (bulk 1870-1900). Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Riggs, Stephen Return, 1812-1883. Stephen R. Riggs and family papers, 1837-1988 (bulk 1837-1869). Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Shields, James A., 1863-1949. James A. Shields papers, 1875-1949. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Emil Munch Civil War papers., 1861-1865. Minnesota Historical Society.
referencedIn Moore family. Moore family papers, 1835-1962, 1835-1916 (bulk dates) University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Ward, Lydia Avery Coonley, 1845-1924. Autographs collected and letters received by Lydia Avery Coonley Ward, 1705, 1785, 1848, 1861-1922 (bulk 1861-1922). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Stephen R. Riggs and family papers., 1837-1988 (bulk 1837-1869). Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Munch, Emil, 1832-1887. Emil Munch papers, 1861-1865. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 33: Office Of The Secretary, Outgoing Corres..
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part I: The Revolution and the Administration, 1669-1958. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Chambers, Alexander, 1803-1876. Chambers and Johnson family papers, 1827-1942. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Smalley, P. J. (Palemon Jared), 1842-1912. P.J. Smalley papers, 1863-1944 (bulk 1887-1912). Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Huntington Library. William Jones Rhees Collection.
creatorOf Donnelly, Ignatius, 1831-1901. Autograph letter signed : Washington, to President Lincoln, 1864 May. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Simpson, Thomas, 1836-1905. Thomas Simpson papers, 1862-1893. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Dole, Alexander M., 1841-1888. Alexander M. Dole papers, 1855-1887. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Pusey, Pennock, 1825-1903. Pennock Pusey papers, 1856-1883. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Cushman K. Davis papers, Davis, Cushman K., 1886-1900 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893. James Gillespie Blaine family papers, 1777-1945 (bulk 1870-1892). Library of Congress
creatorOf Thompson, Clark Wallace, 1825-1885. Clark W. Thompson papers, 1852-1866, 1875. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf McMicken, William, 1827-1899. McMicken family papers 1828-1921. University of Washington Libraries
creatorOf Chute, Richard, 1820-1893. Richard Chute and family papers, 1826-1977 (bulk 1852-1939). Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf William Windom and family papers., 1861-1944. Minnesota Historical Society.
referencedIn Richard Chute and family papers., 1826-1977 (bulk 1852-1939). Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Windom, William, 1827-1891. Letter : Washington, D.C., to [G. Eyster?], Philadelphia, 1882 July 14. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Andrews, C. C. (Christopher Columbus), 1829-1922. C.C. Andrews and family papers, 1843-1930. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Graves, Randall B. Randall B. Graves papers, 1860-1898. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Larson, Louis E. Louis E. Larson and family papers, 1857-1916. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Windom, William, 1827-1891. Indian policy. Speech ... in the House of Representatives, Feb. 28, 1863, on the outrages committed by the Indians on the people of the state of Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Herman K. Crofoot Collection of Francis Elias Spinner Papers, 1792-1908, (bulk 1825-1891) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Davis, Cushman Kellogg, 1838-1900. Cushman K. Davis papers 1886-1900. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
creatorOf Doolittle, James R. (James Rood), 1815-1897. James R. Doolittle papers, 1863-1868. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn P. J. Smalley papers, 1863-1944 (bulk 1887-1912). Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Brackett, George Augustus, 1836-1921. George A. Brackett papers, 1858-1920. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Drew, James M. (James Meddick), 1863-1948. James M. Drew and family papers, 1848-1948. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Windom, William, 1827-1891. William Windom correspondence, 1865-1873. Library of Congress
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 26: Office Of The Secretary, Incoming Corres..
referencedIn James Gillespie Blaine Papers, 1777-1945, (bulk 1870-1892) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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Birth 1827-05-10

Death 1891-01-29

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