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College and University President Politicians in Wisconsin

  John Bascom (1827-1911) — of Madison, Dane County, Wis.; Williamstown, Berkshire County, Mass. Born in Genoa, Cayuga County, N.Y., April 30, 1827. College professor; president, University of Wisconsin, 1874-87; Prohibition candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1890 (12th District), 1896 (1st District), 1902 (1st District); Prohibition candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, 1897. Died in Williamstown, Berkshire County, Mass., October 2, 1911 (age 84 years, 155 days). Interment at Williams College Cemetery, Williamstown, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Rev. John Bascom and Laura (Woodbridge) Bascom; married 1853 to Abbie Burt; married, January 8, 1856, to Emma Curtiss.
  Bascom Hall, on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, is named for him.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS John Bascom (built 1942-43 at Panama City, Florida; bombed and sank in the harbor at Bari, Italy, 1943) was named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
Garrett Droppers Garrett Droppers (1860-1927) — of Williamstown, Berkshire County, Mass. Born in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., April 12, 1860. Democrat. University professor; president, University of South Dakota, 1898-1906; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1912 (member, Committee to Notify Vice-Presidential Nominee); U.S. Minister to Greece, 1914-20; Montenegro, 1914-20. Member, American Economic Association. Died in Williamstown, Berkshire County, Mass., July 7, 1927 (age 67 years, 86 days). Interment at Williams College Cemetery, Williamstown, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of John D. Droppers and Gertrude (Boyink) Droppers; married to Cora A. Rand; married 1897 to Jean Tewkesbury Rand.
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary
  Image source: Library of Congress
  Samuel Fallows (1835-1922) — of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis.; Bloomington, McLean County, Ill.; Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Pendleton, Lancashire, England, December 13, 1835. Republican. Minister; general in the Union Army during the Civil War; Wisconsin superintendent of public instruction, 1870-74; president, Wesleyan University, 1874; bishop; speaker, Republican National Convention, 1888. Methodist; later Reformed Episcopal Church. Member, Freemasons; Grand Army of the Republic. Died, from pneumonia, in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., September 5, 1922 (age 86 years, 266 days). Interment at Forest Home Cemetery, Forest Park, Ill.
  Relatives: Married to Lucy Bethia Huntington.
  Personal motto: "Do with your might what your hands find to do."
  Epitaph: "He walked with God - God took him."
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Donna Edna Shalala (b. 1941) — also known as Donna E. Shalala — of Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Fla. Born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, February 14, 1941. Democrat. Served in the Peace Corps; university professor; president, Hunter College, City University of New York, 1980-88; chancellor, University of Wisconsin, 1988-92; U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, 1993-2001; president, University of Miami, 2001-15; U.S. Representative from Florida 27th District, 2019-. Female. Lebanese ancestry. Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Trilateral Commission; American Federation of Teachers. Inducted, National Women's Hall of Fame, 2011. Still living as of 2019.
  Relatives: Daughter of Joseph Abraham Shalala and Edna (Smith) Shalala.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — National Women's Hall of Fame
  Robert Closson Spencer (b. 1829) — of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis. Born in East Ashtabula, Ashtabula County, Ohio, June 22, 1829. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; president, Spencerian Business College; candidate for U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 4th District, 1890. Member, Grand Army of the Republic. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Platt R. Spencer.
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