Peter H. Turner

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Peter Helmer Turner (April 11, 1813 - June 4, 1885) was an American pioneer and politician.

Born in Ilion, New York, Turner was in the merchandise business and was in the milling business while living in Ellisburg, New York. In 1840, he moved to Genesee, Wisconsin and then to the town of Palmyra. He was elected to the first Wisconsin Constitutional Convention of 1846 serving as a Democrat. Turner then served in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1848 and then in the Wisconsin State Senate in 1850. In 1859, Turner moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where he served on the Madison Common Council and served as president. Turner moved to Dakota Territory in 1871 settling in the Vermillion Valley. He then moved to Sioux City, Iowa where he died in 1885.[1]


  1. ^ 'The Convention of 1846,' Milo Milton Quaife, Wisconsin Historical Society: 1919, Biographical Sketch of Peter Helmer Turner, pg. 795