Sam Fifield

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Sam Fifield
14th Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
In office
January 2, 1882 – January 3, 1887
Governor Jeremiah Rusk
Preceded by James M. Bingham
Succeeded by George W. Ryland
Wisconsin State Senate
In office
Wisconsin State Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born June 24, 1839
Corinna, Maine
Died February 17, 1915
Ashland, Wisconsin
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Stella Grimes Fifield (1845-1913)
Children Lillian Fifield Payne (1868-1956)
Residence Ashland, Wisconsin

Samuel S. Fifield (June 24, 1839 – February 17, 1915)[1][2] was a Wisconsin politician and influential businessperson. The town of Fifield, Wisconsin is named after him.

He was born in Corinna, Maine in 1839 and received an education as a printer. He moved to Wisconsin in 1854, where he worked as a clerk on a steamboat on the St. Croix River. He founded the Polk County Press in 1861.[3]

After the American Civil War, he entered politics and served as a Serjeant-at-Arms for the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1871 and 1872. He later served as a Republican member of the Assembly from 1874 through 1876, serving as speaker the last year.[4] He was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 1876, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Henry D. Barron. He served in the State Senate until 1881, at which time he was elected as Wisconsin's 14th Lieutenant Governor.[5]

Having lived in Ashland since 1872, he helped found the Ashland Press newspaper. He was the chairman of the first board of supervisors in June, 1872.[6]

After retiring from politics in 1887, he ran a lakeside resort in Ashland until he died in 1915 at his home in Ashland.[7] In Ashland, there is a street of Historic homes named Fifield Row, in his honor.

Sam Fifield is buried next to his wife, Stella, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Ashland.


  1. ^ "Wisconsin Constitutional Officers; Lieutenant Governors" (PDF). State of Wisconsin Blue Book 2005–2006. Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. July 2005. p. 31. Retrieved October 6, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Sam S. Fifield". Office of the Lieutenant Governor. Retrieved October 6, 2007. 
  3. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book, 1885 edition. p. 416. 
  4. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book, 1885 edition. p. 416. 
  5. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book, 1885 edition. p. 416. 
  6. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book, 1885 edition. p. 416. 
  7. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book, 1885 edition. p. 416.