Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
CASWELL, Lucien Bonaparte (1827-1919)

CASWELL, LUCIEN BONAPARTE, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Swanton, Franklin County, Vt., November 27, 1827; moved to Wisconsin in 1837 with his parents, who settled near Lake Koshkonong, in Rock County; attended the common schools, Milton Academy, and Beloit College; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1851 and commenced practice in Fort Atkinson, Wis.; district attorney of Jefferson County in 1855 and 1856; served on the local school board for nearly sixty-five years; organized the First National Bank of Fort Atkinson in 1863, the Northwestern Manufacturing Co. in 1866, and the Citizens' State Bank in 1885; member of the State assembly in 1863, 1872, and 1874; during the Civil War served as commissioner of the second district board of enrollment from September 1863 to May 5, 1865; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1868; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1883); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1882; elected to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1891); chairman, Committee on Private Land Claims (Fifty-first Congress); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1890; resumed the practice of law in Fort Atkinson, Jefferson County, Wis.; died in Fort Atkinson, Wis., April 26, 1919; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

University of Wisconsin
Whitewater Area Research Center
Whitewater, WI
Papers: ca. 1864-1916, 0.2 cubic foot.
Typed reminiscences, 1915-1916, by Lucien B. Caswell. The reminiscences include information on Lucien Caswell's youth after settling near Janesville, WI, in 1836. Also included are recollections regarding relations with area Indians, business ventures in Fort Atkinson, activities and people he was in contact with while in Congress, a trip to Yellowstone National Park in the 1880s, and European trips in 1891 and 1899. This collection is owned by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Archives Division, Madison, WI.