Charles Dunn

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Charles Dunn
Member of the
Wisconsin State Senate
In office
Personal details
Born December 28, 1799
Died April 7, 1872
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Illinois Militia
Battles/wars Black Hawk War

Charles Dunn (December 28, 1799 – April 7, 1872) was a United States jurist and politician.

Born in Bullitt's Lick, Bullitt County, Kentucky, Dunn was educated in Kentucky and Illinois. Dunn read law under Nathaniel Pope in Illinois and was admitted to the Illinois bar. During the Black Hawk War of 1832, Dunn served in the Illinois Militia. Dunn served as the clerk of the Illinois House of Representatives and was elected to serve in the Illinois House. In 1836, President Andrew Jackson appointed Dunn to the Wisconsin Territorial Supreme Court and he served as chief justice of the court until Wisconsin was admitted to the union on May 29, 1848. Dunn served in the Wisconsin Constitutional Convention of 1847-1848 and help drafted the judiciary article in the present Wisconsin Constitution of 1848. Dunn served in the Wisconsin State Senate in 1853-1856. In 1858, Dunn ran for the United States House of Representatives and lost. Dunn then resumed his law practice settling and living in Belmont, Wisconsin for the rest of his life.[1][2] The first Governor of Wisconsin Nelson Dewey married his daughter Catherine Dunn.[3] Dunn County, Wisconsin was named in honor of Charles Dunn.[4]