Wiley Scribner

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Wiley Scribner (September 6, 1840 – September 28, 1889)[1][2] was a United States politician and acting governor of Montana Territory from 1869 to 1870.[3]

Born in Jacksonville, Illinois, Scribner grew up in Fair Play, Wisconsin, in Grant County, Wisconsin, where he became postmaster and was a merchant. He was admitted to the bar. Scribner served in the 16th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the American Civil War. In 1866, he was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly. Scribner moved to Montana Territory, where he became a newspaper editor and eventually became secretary of Montana Territory and acting governor of the territory. In 1873, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he practiced law and became clerk of the probate court. Scribner was a Republican. In 1884, Scribner was elected recorder of deeds for Cook County, Illinois serving until his death.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Chicago Daily News," (1872-1963), September 29, 1889, pg. 11
  2. ^ 'Proceedings of the Illinois State Bar Association, Volume 13, Part 1890, pg. 34
  3. ^ Data base
  4. ^ "History of Chicago," vol 3, Alfred Theodore Andreas, 1886, pg. 247
  5. ^ Obituaries of Early Settlers
  6. ^ 'Official Proceedings of the Board of Commissioners of Cook County, Illinois.' Cook County, Illinois Board of Commissioners; 1889, Official Proceedings, Board of Commissioners, Cook County, Illinois, Monday September 29, 1889, The Honorable Wiley Scribner, pg. 703-704