Alexander Randall


Alexander Randall

Infobox US Cabinet official
name=Alexander Williams Randall


order=22nd
title=United States Postmaster General
term_start=July 25, 1866
term_end=March 4, 1869
predecessor=William Dennison, Jr.
successor=John A. J. Creswell
birth_date=birth date|1819|10|31|mf=y
birth_place=Ames, New York
death_date=death date and age|1872|7|26|1819|10|31
death_place=Elmira, New York
party=Republican
spouse=
profession=Politician, Lawyer, Judge

Alexander Williams Randall (October 31, 1819ndash July 26, 1872) was a lawyer, judge and politician from Wisconsin. He served as Governor of Wisconsin from 1858 until 1861. He was instrumental in raising and organizing the first Wisconsin volunteer troops for the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Biography

Randall was born in Ames, New York. His father Phineas was judge of the court of common pleas there from 1837 to 1841. Afterward, the Randall family moved to Waukesha, Wisconsin, where his father died in 1853. Randall studied law in Waukesha and was admitted to the bar. He began to practice law in 1840. Soon afterwards, he became postmaster of Waukesha, where he worked until he was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1855.

As governor during the beginning of the Civil War, Randall raised eighteen regiments, ten artillery batteries, and three cavalry units before leaving office, exceeding Wisconsin's quota by 3,232 men. The Union Army created a camp in Madison, Wisconsin, called "Camp Randall" for the governor. (The camp was eventually absorbed by the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which named its football stadium Camp Randall Stadium in honor of the camp.)

In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Randall as U.S. Minister to the Vatican. President Johnson appointed him to be U.S. Postmaster General 1866ndash 1869. [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/dictionary/index.asp?action=view&term_id=2611&keyword=randall]

Randall died July 16, 1872 in Elmira, New York.findagrave|15464263 Retrieved on 2008-08-11] He is Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery Elmira New York.findagrave|15464263 Retrieved on 2008-08-11] His grave can be found in Section C, Lot 36.findagrave|15464263 Retrieved on 2008-08-11]

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External links

*findagrave|15464263 Retrieved on 2008-08-11


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