Bio: Galloway, William T. Dr. (1818 - 1890)
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Surnames: Galloway, Shaw, Tallmadge, Edmundson, Donnelly

----Source: Historical and Biographical Album of the Chippewa Valley, Wisconsin (1891 - 1892) Pages 393-394, Contributed by Sandra Wright

Galloway, William T., Dr. (Feb 1818 – 9 May 1890)

Dr. William T. Galloway (deceased) was born in February, 1818, in Houvelton, N.Y., and died May 9, 1890, at Eau Claire, Wis. Among the really great and good men who have come to Eau Claire, and of whom it can be said that they left their impression for good, and gave stamina and influence to the communities in which they lived, was he whose name heads this sketch. This influence emanating from Dr. Galloway was not local, but was felt throughout the northwest. As a physician, a politician and a man he has few peers in his day. True manhood, honest and integrity, with a strong will and determination marked every stop on his life. His father, Duty Galloway, was of Scotch-Irish descent, and many traits of character of that descent were visible in our subject. He was educated at Ogdensburg, N.Y., and was a graduate of Castleton, Vt., medical college. He located in Fond du Lac in 1854, and in 1857 came to Eau Claire as registrar of the United States land office, having been appointed by President Buchanan, and held that office until 1860. Evil-minded persons, principally curbstone politicians and followers of the Barstow ring, tried to oust him from his position, but the Doctor’s honor was vindicated signally, and he came out of the battle unscathed by the smut of calumny.

He was democrat in the true sense of that much abused word-true to his friends, impeccable to his enemies; there was nothing half way about him. He was ruled by strong convictions, and seldom by prejudice. As an organizer he had no peer in the northwest, through which he made speeches in political campaigns. His personal magnetism was felt even by his opponents, who speak of him to-day with reverence. To outsiders he might at times have appeared rough, but the initiated knew that his heart was as tender as a woman’s. He was of commanding figure, and his fine portrait, which appears elsewhere in this book, shows a strong, kindly face. He evinced an interest in local politics to the end, and the last time he left the house was to organize the council and carry through a measure that was a great benefit to the city. He was a member of the city council for many years. As a business man he engaged in the lumbar and iron business with varied success, and was for a time a partner with Noah Shaw. He built the Galloway house about 1872. As a physician he was at the head of the profession, honesty and integrity here also, being a distinguishing trait in every step of his useful career. None applied to him in vain, rich and poor were treated alike, The Masonic fraternity revere and respect his memory, he having attained the Thirty-Third degree, a fact which is as remarkable as it is rare. He was a member if the Supreme Council, and held other high offices for years.

At Fond du Lac he married Miss Laura Tallmadge, a daughter of ex-Governor Tallmadge, of Wisconsin territory. Mrs. Galloway was well known for her many good qualities of head and heart; she was a member of the Episcopal church. She died March 9, 1889, aged fifty-seven years. Their only son is Nathaniel Tallmadge, what was born April 20, 1860. His restless nature and strong determination asserted itself, when, at the early age of seventeen, he left home and wended his way westward. We find him in Tucson, Ariz., and that vicinity, where he followed the blacksmith business for a period of ten years, beginning at first in a small way, but later taking charge of the work at large mines. Later on he became interested in the gold and copper mines of the table mountain group, and became a successful miner and operator. He was city marshal of Tombstone from 1883 to 1884, and there had his famous fight with desperadoes, who were determined to run the town. Seven of the rioters were left dead on the field. He lost three men, besides being severely wounded himself, and was confined to the house for seven months. This fight settled forever the supremacy of law and order in that remarkable town. Later he was deputy sheriff in Pinal county, same territory. Mr. Galloway first married Rebecca, daughter of Thomas A. Edmundson, ex-confederate congressman and state senator of Georgia. She died March 27, 1888, in Mammoth, Ariz., leaving three children: Laura T., William Clarence and Emily Elizabeth. That fall he returned home to visit his aged parents. Upon his return to Arizona he was appointed superintendent of the Red Rock Copper Company’s blacksmith and machine shops. August 11, 1890, in Eau Claire, he married Miss Mary L. Donnelly, daughter of Thomas Donnelly, ex-chief of police Eau Claire. One daughter has blessed this union. Mr. Galloway is interested in paying mines in Arizona, of which territory he was appointed deputy United States marshal, April 8, 1890.

 

 


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