Chauncey Abbott

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Chauncey Abbott
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the Dane County district
In office
Personal details
Born(1815-09-16)September 16, 1815
Cornwall, Vermont, U.S.
DiedJanuary 30, 1872(1872-01-30) (aged 56)
Schuyler, Nebraska, U.S.
Resting placeForest Hill Cemetery
Political partyWhig Party
Spouse(s)Jane Strong
ChildrenAnnie Abbott
Maxwell Abbott
Samuel Abbott
Alma materMiddlebury College

Chauncey Abbott (September 16, 1815 – January 30, 1872) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as the Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin and as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly during the 1800s.

Early life[edit]

Abbott was born in Cornwall, Vermont.[1] He graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont.[2] He came to Wisconsin in 1841,[1] and he read law and began practicing law in Fort Winnebago, Wisconsin before moving to Mineral Point, Wisconsin, where he became a law partner with Moses M. Strong. He then settled in Madison, where he formed a law practice with John Catlin, future acting governor of the Wisconsin Territory.[3]

Political career[edit]

In 1848, Abbott ran as a Whig candidate for Secretary of State of Wisconsin, but lost the election.[4] In 1850, he was the District Attorney of Dane County, Wisconsin and served in the Wisconsin State Assembly.[5][6] He was the president of the Dane County Bar Association in 1858.[7]

He was the Postmaster of Madison from 1850-1853,[8] and President of Madison (now Mayor) from 1852-1853. From 1853-1856, he served as a regent for the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[9][10]

In 1867, he moved back to Vermont.[1] He later moved to Schuyler, Nebraska and died in Nebraska on January 30, 1872.[1][11] He is interred in Forest Hill Cemetery.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

Abbott married Jane Strong, Moses M. Strong's sister. They had three children together, Annie Abbott, Maxwell Abbott and Samuel Abbott.[14][2]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Late Chauncey Abbott". Wisconsin State Journal. February 8, 1872. p. 2. Retrieved April 8, 2018 – via open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b "Chauncey Abbott (1815 - 1872),". Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  3. ^ Carpenter&Tenney (1851). Statistics of Dane County, Wisconsin: with a business directory in part, of the village of Madison, etc. Carpenter&Tenney. p. 13.
  4. ^ "Whig State Nominations". Milwaukee Daily Sentinel. May 8, 1848. p. 2. Retrieved April 29, 2018 – via open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ Legislative Reference Bureau (2007). Blue Book, 2007. Legislative Reference Bureau. p. 119.
  6. ^ Smith, William Rudolph (1854). William Rudolph Smith. The History of Wisconsin: In Three Parts, Historical, Documentary, and Descriptive, Volume 2. p. 307.
  7. ^ "Past Presidents". DCBA. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  8. ^ Legislative Reference Bureau (1909). The Wisconsin Blue Book. Legislative Reference Bureau. p. 899.
  9. ^ University of Wisconsin. Board of Regents (1856). Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin, for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30. The Board. p. 44.
  10. ^ Thwaites, Reuben Gold (1900). The University of Wisconsin: its history and its alumni, with historical and descriptive sketches of Madison. J. N. Purcell. p. 764.
  11. ^ "1879 History of Rock County, Evansville". Maple Hill Cemetery. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  12. ^ Historic Madison, Inc (2002). Biographical guide to Forest Hill Cemetery: the ordinary and famous women and men who shaped Madison and the world. Historic Madison, Inc. p. 236.
  13. ^ "Chauncey Abbott". Find A Grave. Retrieved 2014-01-22.
  14. ^ Dwight, Benjamin Woodbridge (1871). The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong, of Northampton, Mass,. J. Munsell. p. 1032.