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John Coit Spooner


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


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


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.


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.


Served private Company A, 40th Wisconsin Infantry.


Married Annie E. Main, September 10, 1868.

Judge Philip L. Spooner

Lydia (Coit) Spooner

Annie E. Main