Bio: Griffin, Michael (1880)

Surnames: Griffin, Smith, Foster

----Source: The Blue Book of the state of Wisconsin For 1880, page 506, contributed by Sandra Wright

Michael Griffin (Rep.), of Eau Claire, Eau Claire county, was born in the county of Clare, Ireland, September 9, 1842; received a common school education; is a lawyer; came to America in 1847, and to Wisconsin in 1856, settling in Sauk county; after the war he resided at Kilbourn City, and in 1876 went to Eau Claire. Enlisted as a private in 1861, in Co. E, 12th Reg. Wis. Vol. Inf.; was promoted to 1st Lieut., and remained in the service until close of the war; participated in siege of Vicksburg, Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign, and march to the sea, and Sherman’s campaign north through the Carolinas. Was several times elected to office of town clerk, and twice member of county board; was member of assembly in 1876, from Columbia county; was appointed city attorney of Eau Clair in April, 1878, and re-appointed to same office April 1879; was elected state senator in 1879, receiving 4,374 votes, against 1,726 for W.H. Smith, Democrat and 327 for Joel Foster, Greenbacker.



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