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                    BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.                          237
                        STATE OFFICERS
  JOHN J. BLAINE (Rep.), was born May 4, 1875, on a farm in the town
of Wingville, Grant County, Wisconsin; attended common school and was
graduated from Montfort high school, Montfort, Wisconsin; afterwards at-
tended Northern Indiana University at Valparaiso, Indiana, and was gradu-
ated from the law department thereof on June 3, 1896. He practiced law
in Montfort, Wisconsin, one year, after which he removed to Boscobel, Wis-
consin, where he has since practiced law. He served as mayor of Boscobel
four terms and member of county board of supervisors of Grant county
four years. He was elected to the state senate in 1908 and served in the
sessions for 1909 and 1911, but was not a candidate for reelection. In 1912
he was alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chi-
cago, and in 1916 a delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chi-
cago. In 1918 he was elected Attorney General. In 1920 he was elected
a delegate at large to the Republican National Convention at Chicago, and
at the November election 1920 he was elected to the office of Governor on
the Republican ticket, receiving 366,247 votes, against 247,746 votes for
Robert McCoy (Dem.), 6,047 for Henry H. Tubbs and 71,126 for William
                      LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
  GEORGE F. COMINGS is a native of the old Green Mountain State, Ver-
mont. He was born in Orleans County March 18, 1848 of New England
Pilgrim Stock. His paternal ancestor, Isaac Comings, came to Massachu-
setts Colony in 1625. His mother's name was Mary Huntington whose an.
cestors came to Norwich, Connecticut a few years later. One of the family
Samuel Huntington, representing the Colony of Connecticut, signed the Dec-
laration of Independence. This fine old Revolutionary Ancestry no doubt
accounts in part at least for Mr. Comings' devotion to the high ideals of
Americanism for which his ancestors fought against British tyranny. He
was educated in the common schools of his native state, supplemented by
a few terms in select schools and several terms in Barre Academy where
he prepared for college.
  In 1870, with his father's family he moved to St. Joseph, Michigan, where
the next thirty years of his life were spent. Here he engaged in the fruit
growing business and became one of the largest and best known growers
in the state.
  In 1901 he removed to Eau Claire, Wisconsin and entered the business of
dairying and the breeding of Holstein cattle. From 1909 to 1919 he was a
worker in the farm institutes and has a state wide acquaintance as a lec-

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