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David ATWOOD

(1815-1889)

ATWOOD, David, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Bedford, N.H., December 15, 1815; attended the public schools; moved to Hamilton, N.Y., in 1832; apprenticed as a printer and subsequently became publisher of the Hamilton Palladium; moved to Freeport, Ill., in 1845 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; moved to Madison, Wis., in 1847 and for forty-two years was editor and publisher of the State Journal, Madison, Wis.; was commissioned major general in the Wisconsin Militia in 1858; member of the State assembly in 1861; United States assessor for four years; mayor of Madison in 1868 and 1869; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Benjamin F. Hopkins and served from February 23, 1870, until March 3, 1871; declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1870; resumed his former newspaper activities; United States Centennial Exposition commissioner, representing the State of Wisconsin, 1872-1876; delegate to the Republican National Convention at Philadelphia in 1872 and at Cincinnati in 1876; died in Madison, Wis., December 11, 1889; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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