Samuel Fallows

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Samuel Fallows
Samuel Fallows's memorial article in The Broad Ax newspaper, September 30, 1922
Born (1835-12-13)December 13, 1835
Pendleton, England
Died September 5, 1922(1922-09-05) (aged 86)
Occupation Clergyman, Educator, Superintendent of Public Instruction of Wisconsin

Samuel Fallows (December 13, 1835 – September 5, 1922) was an English-born American clergyman, Superintendent of Public Instruction of Wisconsin, and a Union Army colonel during the American Civil War.

Early life[edit]

Fallows was born in Pendleton, Greater Manchester, England and emigrated to Wisconsin in 1848.[1] He became a Methodist minister in 1858.[1] He graduated from the University of Wisconsin (now University of Wisconsin–Madison) in 1859.[1][2] He was elected Vice-President of Gainesville University, and entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. While ministering to the Oshkosh church, the Civil War began. He resigned his charge, and became chaplain of the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry.[3]

American Civil War service[edit]

During the American Civil War, he fought in the Union Army, rising to lieutenant colonel of the 40th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment and colonel of the 49th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment.[1] He was mustered out of the volunteers on November 1, 1865.[1] On January 13, 1866, President Andrew Johnson nominated Fallows for appointment to the grade of brevet brigadier general of volunteers to rank from October 24, 1865, and the United States Senate confirmed the appointment on March 12, 1866.[4] After the war, he became a companion of the Illinois Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States.

Later life[edit]

Fallows was a Methodist pastor following the war, and was appointed to Summerfield United Methodist Church from 1865 to 1868.[3] In 1875, he joined the Reformed Episcopal Church, where he became a bishop in 1876.[1] He was a public figure notable for his efforts in public education, prison reform, and the temperance movement. He was the Superintendent of Public Instruction of Wisconsin, 1870-1874.[5][6] He was chaplain at the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.[1]

Samuel Fallows died at Chicago, Illinois on September 5, 1922[1] and was buried at Forest Home Cemetery,[7] in Forest Park, Chicago.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Eicher, John H., and David J. Eicher, Civil War High Commands. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3. p. 231.
  2. ^ Eicher, 2001, p. 231 states that Fallows became a lecturer at and vice president of Galesburg University in 1859. An internet biography of a North Dakota governor from the early 1900s indicates there was a Galesburg University at Galesburg, Wisconsin, a small town now known as Navarino, Wisconsin, from 1853 until 1930, but research for this article yielded no other information about this school.
  3. ^ a b Fallows, Samuel 1865 - 1868 at Summerfield United Methodist Church
  4. ^ Eicher, 2001, p. 745.
  5. ^ Fallows, Samuel 1835 - 1922 at
  6. ^ [1][dead link][dead link]
  7. ^ "Browse by City: Forest Park". Retrieved 2008-05-05. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Eicher, John H., and David J. Eicher, Civil War High Commands. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3.
  • Fallows, A. K. Everybody’s Bishop (1927).

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