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RUSK, Jeremiah McLain, governor of Wisconsin, born in Morgan county, Ohio, 17 June, 18a0. He divided his time between farm-work and the acquisition of a common-school education till he attained his majority, and in 1858 removed to Wisconsin and engaged in agriculture in Vernon county. He entered the National army in 1862, was commissioned major of the 25th Wisconsin regiment, rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel, and served with General William T. Sherman from the siege of Vicksburg till the close of the war. In 1855 he received the brevet of brigadier-general of volunteers for meritorious service at the battle of Salkehatchie. He was elected bank comptroller of Wisconsin in 1866, which post he held till 1870, was chosen to congress as a Republican in the latter year, served three terms, and as chairman of the committee on pensions performed important services in readjusting the pension rates. He declined the appointment of charge d'affaires in Paraguay and Uruguay, and that of chief of the bureau of engraving and printing, which were offered him by President Garfield. Since 1882 he has been governor of Wisconsin, having been elected for three successive terms. During the threatened Milwaukee riots in May, 1886, he did good service by his prompt action in ordering the militia to fire on the dangerous mob when they attempted to destroy life and property.
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