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William H. Armstrong (assemblyman)

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William Henry Armstrong (1840s – April 14, 1916) was an American lawyer, farmer and politician from Darlington, Wisconsin.



Armstrong was born in Carrollton, Illinois in 1840 or 1841 (sources differ), son of Joshua W. and Elizabeth Vanarsdoll Armstrong. He attended public schools until he left to enter military service. He joined the United States Army in September 1861 after the outbreak of the American Civil War, enlisting in the 61st Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He progressed from second lieutenant through captain and was brevetted as a major. He came to Wisconsin in 1865 and settled at Darlington, becoming by occupation a lawyer and farmer.

Public office

He was elected as Clerk of the Circuit Court for Lafayette County, Wisconsin in 1868 and re-elected in 1870.

In 1872 he was elected for a one-year term as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1873 as a Republican, with 2,078 votes to 1,972 for Democrat Amos W. Hovey, succeeding fellow Republican Thomas Bainbridge. He was assigned to the standing committee on mining and smelting.

Armstrong was not a candidate for re-election in 1873, and was succeeded by John F. Beard of the Reform Party.

Family and later life

Armstrong married first Georgia Wright, who died in 1869. Their child, William Wright Armstrong, would serve as a member of the Utah State Senate. He later married Harriet M. Gray, with whom he had three further children between 1874 and 1884. At some point after leaving the Assembly, the family moved to Kansas, living first in Irving and later in Marysville.

Armstrong died April 14, 1916 in Rock County, Minnesota, and is buried in Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne, Minnesota.


William H. Armstrong (assemblyman) Wikipedia

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