William Pitt Lynde

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William Pitt Lynde
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from 's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1879
Preceded by Alexander Mitchell
Succeeded by Peter V. Deuster
Mayor of Milwaukee
In office
Preceded by Herman L. Page
Succeeded by James S. Brown
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 1st district
In office
June 5, 1848 – March 3, 1849
Preceded by District established
Succeeded by Charles Durkee
Personal details
Born December 16, 1817
Sherburne, New York
Died December 18, 1885 December 18, 1885(1885-12-18) (aged 68)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Yale College, Harvard Law School
Occupation Attorney
Gravesite in Forest Home Cemetery

William Pitt Lynde (December 16, 1817 – December 18, 1885) was an American lawyer and politician from Wisconsin who served in Congress.[1][2]

Lynde was born in Sherburne, New York. He graduated from Yale College, in 1838, and Harvard Law School, in 1841, and was admitted to the bar. He moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, shortly thereafter. Lynde became attorney general of the Wisconsin territory in 1844 and United States Attorney for Wisconsin in 1845.[3] He also served as President of the board of trustees of the Village of Milwaukee.

When Wisconsin was admitted as a state in 1848, Lynde was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives, one of Wisconsin's first two representatives. He joined part of the 30th United States Congress from June 5, 1848 till March 3, 1849 representing Wisconsin's 1st congressional district. He lost his reelection bid for the 31st Congress. He was also unsuccessful in the 1849 election for associate justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

William Pitt Lynde served as mayor of Milwaukee in 1860. His Wisconsin political career also led him to the state legislature; he served in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1866 and the State Senate in 1869 and 1870. He returned to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1875, where he served two full terms this time representing Wisconsin's 4th congressional district as part of the 44th and 45th Congresses from March 4, 1875 till March 3, 1879. Afterwards he retired from politics.

In 1842, he founded the law firm Finch & Lynde with partner Asahel Finch, Jr. Finch & Lynde survives today as Foley & Lardner, one of the oldest and largest law firms in the country.

Lynde died in 1885 in Milwaukee at age 68. He is interred in Milwaukee's Forest Home Cemetery.[4]


  1. ^ William Pitt Lynde, Wisconsin Historical Society
  2. ^ 'Proceedings of State Bar Association of Wisconsin,' Wisconsin State Bar Association: 1901, Biographical Sketch of William Lynde Pitt, vol. 3, pg. 313
  3. ^ Wisconsin Territory
  4. ^ "Historical People". Forest Home Cemetery. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 

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United States House of Representatives
New district Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 1st congressional district

June 5, 1848 – March 3, 1849
Succeeded by
Charles Durkee
Preceded by
Alexander Mitchell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1879
Succeeded by
Peter V. Deuster
Political offices
Preceded by
Herman L. Page
Mayor of Milwaukee
Succeeded by
James S. Brown