Bio: Sturdevant, LaFayette (History - 1857)

Contact: Janet Schwarze

 

Surnames: STURDEVANT HASTINGS BACON

 

----Source: Biographical History of Clark and Jackson Counties, Wisconsin, by the Lewis Publishing Co., 1891 page 186.

 

LA FAYETTE STURDEVANT, law partner of Judge John R. Sturdevant, Neillsville, Wisconsin, was born in Erie County, Pennsylvania, in 1857, and emigrated to the West with his father, Hiram Sturdevant, in 1863. The family settled in the town of Pine Valley, where Hiram Sturdevant passed the remainder of his days. Although he was not a pioneer of Clark County, he was a well known citizen. His brother, James. W. Sturdevant, was one of the earliest settlers. In 1849 he went to California, and on his return in 1852 the vessel on which he took passage was wrecked, few of the number on board escaping death. He enlisted during the Civil War as a member of Company F, One Hundred and Fifty-first Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and in the battle of Gettysburg, was severely wounded. This misfortune resulted in his honorable discharge soon after, and he then removed with his family to Clark County. His widow and six children are still living.


La Fayette Sturdevant received his education in the public schools, and studied law under the tutorship of his present partner. He was admitted to the bar in 1879, his first partner being L.A. Doolittle, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. This relationship continued for two years, and was then dissolved, when the present co-partnership was formed. He was elected District Attorney in the fall of 1876, and discharged the duties of this office with marked ability. He is also the present District Attorney, elected in the fall of 1890.


Mr. Sturdevant was united in marriage to Miss Minette Bacon, a daughter of Orson Bacon, a pioneer of Clark County, who was born in the State of Vermont in the year 1810. He removed thence to the State of New York, where he married Miss M.R. Hastings. They moved from Elmira, New York to Michigan, and came as pioneers to Neillsville, where they were well known and highly respected. Orson Bacon died in 1882, leaving a widow, four daughters and two sons. Since that time one of the sons has passed away.

 

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Source: Froehlich, Wm. H. (ed.) / The blue book of the state of Wisconsin (1899); Part VIII. Biographical,   pp. [741]-799 ff.

Clark County (population in 1895, 21,342).

 

Source: The Blue Book of the State of Wisconsin, Halford Erickson, Commissioner of Labor and Industrial Statistics, 1903.

WISCONSIN STATE OFFICERS

ATTORNEY GENERAL

LAFAYETTE MONROE STURDEVANT (Rep.), of Neillsville, was born Sept. 17, 1856, in Chandler's Valley, Pa. He came to Wisconsin in 1865 and settled in the town of Pine Valley, Clark county.  He grew to manhood upon the farm and was educated in the schools of his county. By strict application to his studies be was able to secure a certificate to teach, and from 1872 to 1878 taught school and studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1878. He held the office of district attorney of his county four years, 1884, 1885, 1890, and 1891, and was chairman of the Clark County Republican committee from 1894 to 1898.  He was elected to the assembly from Clark county in 1898, and re-elected in 1900; was elected attorney general in 1902, receiving 193,453 votes against 134,001 for O. R. Skaar (Dem.), 9,617 for C. L. Allen (Pro.), 17,484 for Richard Eisner (Soc. Dem.), and 900 for Paul Fischer (Soc. Lab.).
 

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LAFAYETTE MONROE STURDEVANT (Rep.), of Neillsville, Clark county, was born September 17, 1856, in Chandler's Valley, Pennsylvania.  He came to Wisconsin in 1865 and settled in the town of Pine Valley, Clark county.  He grew to manhood upon the farm and was educated in the schools of his county.  By strict application to his studies he was able to secure a certificate to teach, and from 1872 to 1878 taught school and studied law.  By profession he is a lawyer, having been admitted to the bar in 1878.  He held the office of district attorney of his county four years, 1884, 1885, 1890 and 1891, and was chairman of the Clark County republican committee from 1894 to 1898.  He was elected to the assembly from Clark County in 1898, receiving 2,120 votes, against 904 to Samuel J. Shafer, democrat, and 91 for Leicester Allen, prohibitionist.

 

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Birth: 17 Sep 1857, Pennsylvania
Father: Hiram N. Sturdevant b: 8 NOV 1824 in Sugar Grove, Warren, Pennsylvania
Mother: Sarah Ann Reed b: 1836 in Sugar Grove, Warren, Pennsylvania
 

 

Census Records

 

1880 Federal Census-Neillsville, Pine Valley, Wisconsin

 Name 

Relation

Marital Status

Gender

Race

Age

Nativity

Occupation

Father's Nativity

Mother's Nativity

 Orson Bacon 

 Self 

 M 

 Male 

 W 

 69 

 VT 

 Farmer 

 VT 

 VT 

 Uretta R. Bacon 

 Wife 

 M 

 Female 

 W 

 62 

 NY 

 Keeping House 

 MA 

 NH 

 Ella V. Bacon 

 Daughter 

 S 

 Female 

 W 

 21 

 WI 

 School Teacher 

 VT 

 NY 

 Nettie Bacon 

 Daughter

 S 

 Female 

 W 

 16 

 WI 

 Teaching School 

 VT 

 NY 

 Layfette Sturdevant 

 Other 

 S 

 Male 

 W 

 23 

 PA 

 Lawyer 

 PA 

 PA 

 Irvene Mason 

 Other 

 S 

 Male 

 W 

 30 

 WI 

 Lawyer 

 SCOT 

 CT 

 Henry Carleton 

 Other 

 S 

 Male 

 W 

 35 

 WI 

 Lawyer 

 ME 

 ME 

 

Contributor

 

Janet Schwarze

Related Links

 

      1874 Weston Township Ledger

       Sturdevant Cemetery Records (Neillsville City Cemetery)

 

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