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The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1917

Biographical sketches,   pp. 495-557 PDF (19.5 MB)

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  500                   WISCONSIN     BLUE BOOK.
  votes to 164,633 for BJurt Williams (Dem.), 30,813 for Rae Weaver (Soc.),
  and 9,038 for Geo.. McKerrow (Pro.).
                        LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR.
    EDWARD F. DITHMAIR, (Rep.), was born January 31, 1873, at Reeds-
  burg, Sauk county, Wisconsin. He is of German parentage. He attended
  the German Lutheran parochial school and the high school at Reedsburg
  and in 1890 entered the University of Wisconsin, graduating from the Eng-
  lish course with the class of 1894. In 1910 Mr. Dithmar -was married to
  Miss Emily Upham, daughter of Prof. A. A. Upham of the Whitewater
  State Normal School. They have two sons, Edward Upham Dithmar and
  John Upham Dithmar. Mr. Dithmar has devoted much time to public ser-
  vice. His first position was that of a messenger in the assembly in the
  session of 1889. In 1894, at the age of 21, he was elected clerk of the
  circuit court for Sauk county on the Republican ticket and recilected in
  and 1898. He devoted his spare time to the study of law and in 1899 was
  admitted to the bar. Since 1901 he has been engaged in the practice of
  at Baraboo. He served four years as chairman of the Sauk County Repub-
  lican committee. He served four years as member of the Republican State
  Central committee. In the campaign of 1910 he was selected vice-chair-
  man of the Republican State Central committee and elected secretary of
  the same committee in 1912. Mr. Dithmar is now, and has been, an active
  supporter of Senator La Follette ever since the progressive movement be-
  gan. He was elected lieutenant governor of Wisconsin in 1914 and re~lected
  in 1916.
                        SECRETARY OF STATE.
   MERLIN HULL (Rep.), of Black River Falls, was educated in tho
 common schools and at De Pauw and Columbian universities. Mr. Hull is a
 lawyer and publisher of the Jackson County Journal. He was admitted to
 practice in the United States supreme court in 1894; was elected clerk of
 the circuit court for Jackson county the same year; was elected district
 torney for Jackson county in 1906, and to the assembly in 1908, 1910 and
 1912 each time without an opposing candidate; was speaker of the assem-
 bly in 1913. He was elected secretary of state in 1916, receiving 232,171
 votes as against 138,628 votes for Edwin C. Jones (Dem.), 7,742 votes for
 Will E. Mack (Pro.), and 31,829 votes for George Hampel (Soc. Dem.).
                          STATE TREASURER.
  HENRY JOHNSON, Suring, Oconto county, Wisconsin, (now residing in
South Madison), was born in Denmark, December 2, 1854. He was edu-
cated in the common schools and has earned his own living since he was
eight years old. Came to this country in 1873 and went direct to Osh-
kosh. Worked for several years at Shawano, miarried in 1879, and now
has a farhily of eight children. He moved into the town of How, Ocontc,
county, cleared a farm and engaged in lumbering. Has held town offices
from the town chairmanship to justice of the peace. Was elected to the
legislature from Oconto county in 1901-3-5 and served on some of the most
important committees in the assembly. Was appointed assistant state treas-
urer in 1907, and' was elected state treasurer in 1912, 1914, and reelected
in 1916.

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