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John Coit Spooner

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John Coit Spooner, American senator. Served private Company A, 40th Wisconsin Infantry.

Background

Spooner, John Coit was born on January 6, 1843 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, United States. Son of Judge Philip L. and Lydia (Coit) Spooner.

Education

Removed to Madison, Wisconsin, 1859. Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin, 1864, honorary Bachelor of Philosophy, A.M., 1869, Doctor of Laws, 1895. Doctor of Laws, Yale, 1908, Columbia, 1909.

Career

Served private Company A, 40th Wisconsin Infantry. Captain and brevetted major 50th Wisconsin Infantry. Private and military secretary to Governor Lucius Fairchild, of Wisconsin, 1866-1867.

Admitted to bar, 1867. Assistant attorney general of Wisconsin, and in general practice at Madison, 1867-1870. Practiced at Hudson, Wisconsin, 1870-1884.

Regent University of Wisconsin, 1882-1885. Member Wisconsin Assembly, 1872. United States senator, 1885-1891, and 1897-1907, resigned, March 3, to take effect May 1, 1907.

In law practice at New York, since 1907. Chairman Wisconsin delegation Republican National convs., 1888, 92. Candidate for government of Wisconsin, 1892.

Tendered portfolio of Secretary of the Interior by President McKinley, 1898, membership on British-American Joint High Commission, 1898, and portfolio of Attorney General of the United States, 1901, but declined. Address: New York, New York.

Membership

Served private Company A, 40th Wisconsin Infantry.

Connections

Married Annie E. Main, September 10, 1868.

father:
Judge Philip L. Spooner

mother:
Lydia (Coit) Spooner

spouse:
Annie E. Main