He was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1857. He served as the county judge of Manitowoc County from 1888 until 1897; he founded the Lake Shore Times in 1881 and became a co-owner of the Manitowoc Post in 1896. He served as the 17th Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin from 1895 through 1899, and ran unsuccessfully for governor against Robert La Follette, Sr. in 1904. After that election, he returned to work at the Post where he remained until 1922; he remained an active member of the Manitowoc Chamber of Commerce until his death in 1939 in Manitowoc.
- "Wisconsin Constitutional Officers; Lieutenant Governors" (PDF). State of Wisconsin Blue Book 2005–2006. Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. July 2005. p. 31. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 25, 2007. Retrieved October 6, 2007.
- "Emil Baensch". Office of the Lieutenant Governor. Archived from the original on May 28, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2007.
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