List of Attorneys General of Wisconsin

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Number of Attorneys General of Wisconsin by party affiliation
Party Attorneys
Republican 27
Democratic 15
Progressive 1

This is a list of attorneys general from the U.S. state of Wisconsin.

Attorneys General of Wisconsin Territory[edit]

Before statehood, the Wisconsin Territory also had several attorneys general appointed by the Governor of the territory.[1]

Name Took office Left office Territorial governor
Henry S. Baird 1836 1839 Henry Dodge
Horatio N. Wells 1839 1841 Henry Dodge
Mortimer M. Jackson 1842 1845 James Doty
Nathaniel Tallmadge
William Pitt Lynde 1845 1845 Nathaniel Tallmadge
A. Hyatt Smith 1845 1848 Henry Dodge

Attorneys General of Wisconsin[edit]

      Democratic       Republican       Progressive

# Name Party Took office Left office
1 James S. Brown Democratic June 7, 1848[2] January 7, 1850
2 S. Park Coon Democratic January 7, 1850[2] January 5, 1852
3 Experience Estabrook Democratic January 5, 1852[2] January 2, 1854
4 George Baldwin Smith Democratic January 2, 1854[2] January 7, 1856
5 William Rudolph Smith Democratic January 7, 1856[2] January 4, 1858
6 Gabriel Bouck Democratic January 4, 1858[2] January 2, 1860
7 James Henry Howe[note 1] Republican January 2, 1860[2] October 7, 1862[2][3]
8 Winfield Smith[note 2] Republican October 7, 1862[2] January 1, 1866
9 Charles R. Gill Republican January 1, 1866[2] January 3, 1870
10 Stephen Steele Barlow Republican January 3, 1870[2] January 5, 1874
11 A. Scott Sloan Republican January 5, 1874[2] January 7, 1878
12 Alexander Wilson Republican January 7, 1878[2] January 2, 1882
13 Leander F. Frisby[note 3] Republican January 2, 1882[2] January 3, 1887
14 Charles E. Estabrook Republican January 3, 1887[2] January 5, 1891
15 James L. O'Connor Democratic January 5, 1891[2] January 7, 1895
16 William H. Mylrea Republican January 7, 1895[2] January 2, 1899
17 Emmett R. Hicks Republican January 2, 1899[2] January 5, 1903
18 Lafayette M. Sturdevant Republican January 5, 1903[2] January 7, 1907
19 Frank L. Gilbert Republican January 7, 1907[2] January 2, 1911
20 Levi H. Bancroft Republican January 2, 1911[2] January 6, 1913
21 Walter C. Owen[note 1] Republican January 6, 1913[2] January 7, 1918[2]
22 Spencer Haven[note 2] Republican January 7, 1918[2] January 6, 1919
23 John J. Blaine Republican January 6, 1919[2] January 3, 1921
24 William J. Morgan Republican January 3, 1921[2] January 1, 1923
25 Herman L. Ekern Republican January 1, 1923[2] January 3, 1927
26 John W. Reynolds, Sr. Republican January 3, 1927[2] January 2, 1933
27 James E. Finnegan Democratic January 2, 1933[4] January 4, 1937
28 Orland Steen Loomis Progressive January 4, 1937[5] January 2, 1939
29 John E. Martin[note 1] Republican January 2, 1939[6] June 1, 1948[3]
vacant June 1, 1948 June 5, 1948
30 Grover L. Broadfoot[note 2][note 1] Republican June 5, 1948[3] November 12, 1948[3]
31 Thomas E. Fairchild[note 2] Democratic November 12, 1948[3] January 1, 1951
32 Vernon W. Thomson Republican January 1, 1951[7] January 7, 1957
33 Stewart G. Honeck Republican January 7, 1957[8] January 5, 1959
34 John W. Reynolds, Jr. Democratic January 5, 1959[9] January 7, 1963
35 George Thompson Republican January 7, 1963[10] January 4, 1965
36 Bronson La Follette Democratic January 4, 1965[11] January 6, 1969
37 Robert W. Warren[note 1] Republican January 6, 1969[12] October 8, 1974[3]
38 Victor A. Miller[note 2][note 1] Democratic October 8, 1974[3] November 25, 1974[3]
39 Bronson La Follette[note 2] Democratic November 25, 1974[3] January 5, 1987
40 Don Hanaway Republican January 5, 1987
[citation needed]
January 7, 1991
41 James E. Doyle Democratic January 7, 1991[13] January 6, 2003
42 Peggy A. Lautenschlager Democrat January 6, 2003[14] January 3, 2007
43 J.B. Van Hollen Republican January 3, 2007[15] incumbent

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Resigned from office.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Appointed to fill unexpired term.
  3. ^ Some sources record Leander Frisby's surname as "Frisbie".[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Wisconsin Territory
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac Anderson, William J.; William A. Anderson (ed.). The Wisconsin blue book, 1929. Madison, Wisconsin: Democrat Printing Company. p. 152. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Barish, Lawrence S. (ed.). "Chapter 8: Statistical Information on Wisconsin". State of Wisconsin Blue Book 2007–2008 (PDF). Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. pp. 722–724. ISBN 978-0-9752820-2-1. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  4. ^ "Governor Takes Oath Amid Cheers of 5,000" (PDF). Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisconsin). January 3, 1933. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  5. ^ "New Administrations Started" (PDF). Oshkosh Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin). January 4, 1937. p. 6. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  6. ^ "Gov. Julius P. Heil Takes Office" (PDF). The Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin). January 2, 1939. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  7. ^ "Highlights of Inauguration Ceremony as Five State Republican Officials Take Oaths in Capitol" (PDF). Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisconsin). January 2, 1951. p. 2. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  8. ^ "Thomson Takes Oath, Pledges Common Sense" (PDF). Stevens Point Daily Journal (Stevens Point, Wisconsin). January 7, 1957. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  9. ^ "Gaylord Nelson Becomes State's 34th Governor" (PDF). Stevens Point Daily Journal (Stevens Point, Wisconsin). January 5, 1959. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  10. ^ "Reynolds Calls for Unity At Inaugural Ceremonies" (PDF). Oshkosh Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin). January 7, 1963. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  11. ^ "Knowles Seeks State's Aid in Move Forward" (PDF). Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisconsin). January 5, 1965. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  12. ^ "Knowles Stresses Need for Priorities" (PDF). Manitowoc Herald Times (Manitowoc, Wisconsin). January 6, 1969. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  13. ^ "Thompson takes oath, praises school choice" (PDF). Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan). January 8, 1991. p. 7. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  14. ^ "The guard changes". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). January 7, 2003. p. 1A. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  15. ^ "At inauguration, Doyle keeps focus on health care, schools; Legislative leaders make bipartisan pledges after Capitol ceremonies". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). January 4, 2007. p. 1B. Retrieved 2010-04-21.