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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
([1924?] )

Van Auken, Lillian H.
Mrs. Mary Baker Cameron,   pp. 60-62 PDF (628.3 KB)


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Cameron served two terms as State Senator, namely the
years of 1863 and 1864 and the years of 1871 and 1872.
He was a delegate at large to the National Republican
Convention at Baltimore in 1864. He was a member of
the Wisconsin State Assembly during the years of 1865,
1866 and 1867 and Speaker of the House during the latter
year. He was one of the Regents of the Wisconsin State
University from 1866 to 1875. He was elected to the
United States Senate in 1875 and was re-elected to fill
out the unexpired term of Matthew H. Carpenter, thus
serving ten years in the U. S. Senate. Senator Angus
Cameron's name will go down in history as one of the
distinguished men of the State of Wisconsin.
    During all these years, Mrs. Cameron spent in public
life, she made many friends and she possessed a "Roose-
veltian" memory for recalling names and faces. As the
popular wife of Senator Cameron in his home State as
well as at the Capitol at Washington, D. C., together with
the independent name she made for herself as the first
Regent and Founder of the La Crosse Chapter of Daugh-
ters of the American Revolution, as well as being the
first National Vice-President General elected from the
state of Wisconsin by Continental Congress held at
Washington in 1898, also her appointment as the first
Vice-President of the Colonial Dames for the State of
Wisconsin will cause her name to go down in the his-
tory of the State as one of her favorite and famous
women.
    Six years after the memorable vote cast by the Sons
of the American Revolution excluding women the right
of becoming members of this newly-formed patriotic
society thus causing the daughter descendants of the
Revolutionary soldiers to band themselves together and
form a separate organization, the D. A. R. spirit reached
La Crosse, through the untiring zeal of Mrs. Angus
Cameron. Her enthusiasm led her to give sevral prlim-
inary social functions. She gave a reception to a large
number of ladies she deemed eligible, at the same time
urging them to search their family records so that they
could become charter members of the La Crosse Chapter
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