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ATWOOD, David (1815-1889)

ATWOOD, DAVID, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Bedford, N.H., December 15, 1815; attended the public schools; moved to Hamilton, N.Y., in 1832; apprenticed as a printer and subsequently became publisher of the Hamilton Palladium; moved to Freeport, Ill., in 1845 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; moved to Madison, Wis., in 1847 and for forty-two years was editor and publisher of the State Journal, Madison, Wis.; was commissioned major general in the Wisconsin Militia in 1858; member of the State assembly in 1861; United States assessor for four years; mayor of Madison in 1868 and 1869; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Benjamin F. Hopkins and served from February 23, 1870, until March 3, 1871; declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1870; resumed his former newspaper activities; United States Centennial Exposition commissioner, representing the State of Wisconsin, 1872-1876; delegate to the Republican National Convention at Philadelphia in 1872 and at Cincinnati in 1876; died in Madison, Wis., December 11, 1889; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: In the David Atwood Papers, 1889, 0.1 cubic foot.
Includes letters written to David Atwood, a Wisconsin State Journal reporter, concerning information requested for an article about Judge Mortimer M. Jackson.

Papers: In the Timothy O. Howe Papers, 1846, 1854, 1857-1890, 0.6 cubic foot (3 boxes).
The collection also includes some original letters of David Atwood dealing with political and economic issues. A register is available for the collection.

  • Atwood, David. Life and services of Hon. Benjamin F. Hopkins. Read before the Society, Nov. 15, 1870.
  • Tenney, Horace A.. Memorial record of the fathers of Wisconsin, containing sketches of the lives and careers of the members of the constitutional conventions of 1846 and 1847-8. With a history of early settlement in Wisconsin. Prepared by H. A. Tenney and David Atwood. Madison, Wis.: D. Atwood, 1880.
  • Wisconsin. State historical society. Memorial addresses on the life and character of Hon. C.C. Washburn, LL. D., late governer [sic] of Wisconsin. Madison, Wis.: D. Atwood, printer, 1883.