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Harrison Ludington

Harrison Ludington
Harrison Ludington
13th Governor of Wisconsin
In office
January 3, 1876 – January 7, 1878
Lieutenant Charles D. Parker
Preceded by William Robert Taylor
Succeeded by William E. Smith
20th Mayor of Milwaukee
In office
Preceded by Joseph Phillips
Succeeded by David G. Hecker
22nd Mayor of Milwaukee
In office
Preceded by David G. Hecker
Succeeded by Ammi R. Butler
Personal details
Born July 30, 1812
Kent, New York
Died June 17, 1891 (aged 78)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) E. Macy Tobey
Profession businessman, politician

Harrison Ludington (July 30, 1812 – June 17, 1891) was an American Republican politician who served as the 13th Governor of Wisconsin and a mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[1]


  • Ancestry 1
  • Biography 2
  • Governor 3
  • Retirement 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Harrison Ludington descended from William Ludington, one of the earliest American colonists, who settled at Charlestown, Mass. in 1632, and died at the East Haven Iron Works, Connecticut, in 1662 or 1663.[2] His grandfather was Sybil Ludington (1761–1839), was famous for risking her life when she was 16 years old to warn the American militia that British troops were burning Danbury, Connecticut.[4]


Ludington was born in Kent, Dutchess County, New York. Son of Frederick and Susannah (Griffeth) Ludington. Harrison received common (district) school education.[5] He moved to Milwaukee in 1838. At the age of 24 he became a joint owner of a merchandising business with his uncle, Lewis Ludington. This general merchandising business was conducted out of Solomon Juneau's warehouse between years 1839–1851.[6] In 1851 he became involved in lumber business, operating in the northeastern part of the state. He was a member of the firm of Ludington, Wells (Daniel Wells, Jr.) and Van Schaick (Anthony G. Van Schaick). Ludington became an active developer in Milwaukee, where he began his political career. He served two terms as a Milwaukee alderman, three terms as Milwaukee's mayor, a position that he resigned from to serve as Wisconsin's governor. He defeated his predecessor William R. Taylor, Democrat, in November, 1875.[7] Ludington served as a governor of Wisconsin from 1876 to 1878.[8] He married twice, his first wife was Frances White, married on March 25, 1838 in Louisville, KY. His second wife was a widow Eve Mary Tobey, they married on June 7, 1875.[9] He had a total of six children.


In his capacity as governor, Harrison Ludington facilitated promotion of commercial activity. He also undid changes in the financial sector made by his predecessor. He stood against state regulation of railroads. Under his administration the infamous Potter law was repealed, which was supposed to drastically increase government intervention in the railroad business. He also replaced the railroad commission, made up of three members with powers of establishing rates for the railroads, by a single commissioner who lacked such authority.[10] Ludington declined renomination for the position of governor in 1879 due to pressure from younger members of the Republican party.[11]


Following his decision not to pursue renomination for governorship, Ludington resigned from public affairs and devoted himself to conducting business. German-American artist Conrad W. Heyd painted his portrait in this period of his life.[12]

Ludington died on June 17, 1891 in Milwaukee and is interred in Forest Home Cemetery there.[13]


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  13. ^ "Historical People". Forest Home Cemetery. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Phillips
Mayor of Milwaukee
Succeeded by
David G. Hecker
Preceded by
David G. Hecker
Mayor of Milwaukee
Succeeded by
Ammi R. Butler
Preceded by
William R. Taylor
Governor of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
William E. Smith
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