Herman L. Page

Herman L. Page

Herman L. Page (May 27, 1818 – 1892) was a merchant and Wisconsin politician. He was born in Oneida County, New York, later moving to Nunda in Livingston County, New York, in 1844.

Page operated a store in the old Pioneer store, 393 East Water, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. [Buck, James S. Pioneer History of Milwaukee From 1840 to 1844. Milwaukee: Swain & Tate, 1890. 241.]

In 1853 he became sheriff of the county. He was responsible for starting the detective force in the city. During his term as mayor he advocated the policy of uniforming the policy force. [Wheeler, Andrew Carpenter. The Chronicles of Milwaukee: Being a Narrative History of the Town from Its Earliest Period to the Present. Milwaukee: Jermain & Brightman, Publishers, 1861. 221-224.]

Page was a very able man, but was a renegade. He began his career as an abolitionist, but having high political aspirations he took allegiance to the Democratic Party. He was elected mayor of Milwaukee in 1859. He spent most of his short term of office attacking the former administration of William L. Prentiss. [Buck, James S. Pioneer History of Milwaukee From 1854 to 1860 Inclusive. Milwaukee: Swain & Tate, 1886. 374.]

He was very quick to see any opening where money was to be made and accumulated a handsome fortune. He was very ambitious and terribly aggressive.Fact|date=May 2008

The Twenty-fourth Infantry Regiment, Civil War was recruited under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel Herman L. Page, however Page resigned before the regiment left the state.

He was an officer in the Odd Fellows, 1851-1853. [Ross, Theo A. Odd Fellowship: Its history and manual. New York: The M.W. Hazen Co., 1888. 346.]

Herman Page died while visiting Germany in 1873. It is believed he was buried in Dresden, Germany.


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