William Froehlich

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William H. Froehlich (June 22, 1857 – January 31, 1942) was an American businessman and politician.


Born in Jackson, Washington County, Wisconsin, Froehlich graduated from Spencer Business College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was a bookkeeper and clerk in Milwaukee and then went into business for himself in Jackson, Wisconsin in general merchandise and grain. He served as postmaster of Jackson from 1881 to 1893 and served on the school board from 1891 to 1899. He also served as town clerk and justice of the peace. In 1895 and 1897, Froehlich served in the Wisconsin State Assembly.[1] He served as that state's sixteenth Secretary of State, serving two terms from January 2, 1899 to January 5, 1903. He was a Republican and served under governors Edward Scofield and Robert La Follette, Sr.[1]


In 1923, Froehlich, who was the former cashier at the Jackson State Bank, pleaded guilty to embezzlement and was sentenced to prison.[2] In 1925, Governor John Blaine gave a conditional pardon to Froehlich saying Froehlich did not have the criminal attitude to take advantage of people.[3]


Froehlich worked for the Milwaukee County Park Board until he retired. He died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 31, 1942.[4]


  1. ^ a b William H. Froehlich (ed.) The Blue Book of the State of Wisconsin. Milwaukee: Northwestern Litho Co., 1901, p. 726.
  2. ^ "Ex-Secretary of State Gets 5 Year Term". The Capital Times, October 16, 1923, p. 2.
  3. ^ "Governor Denies Pardon to Woman". The Sheboygan Press, November 11, 1925, p. 18.
  4. ^ "Rites Arranged at Milwaukee for Former Official". The Sheboygan Press, February 2, 1942, p. 7.
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Casson
Secretary of State of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Walter Houser