Matthew H. Carpenter

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Matthew Hale Carpenter
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United States Senator
from Wisconsin
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1875
Preceded by James R. Doolittle
Succeeded by Angus Cameron
In office
March 4, 1879 – February 24, 1881
Preceded by Timothy O. Howe
Succeeded by Angus Cameron
Personal details
Born (1824-12-22)December 22, 1824
Moretown, Vermont
Died February 24, 1881(1881-02-24) (aged 56)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican

Matthew Hale Carpenter (born Decatur Merritt Hammond Carpenter; December 22, 1824 – February 24, 1881), was a member of the Republican Party who served in the United States Senate for the state of Wisconsin from 1869–1875 and again from 1879–1881.

Carpenter was born in Moretown, Vermont. He served as District Attorney of Rock County, Wisconsin, from 1850 to 1854. He was originally a member of the Democratic Party until the start of the Civil War. While in the United States Senate, he served as the President pro tempore during the 43rd Congress. Carpenter died in Washington, D.C., while in office and was buried at Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[1][2]

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United States Senate
Preceded by
James R. Doolittle
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Wisconsin
Served alongside: Timothy O. Howe
Succeeded by
Angus Cameron
Preceded by
Timothy O. Howe
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Wisconsin
Served alongside: Angus Cameron
Succeeded by
Angus Cameron
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry B. Anthony
President pro tempore of the United States Senate
March 12, 1873 – January 4, 1875
Succeeded by
Henry B. Anthony