Rusk, Jeremiah M.

Card signed by Benjamin Harrison ‘s Secretary of Agriculture, 15th Wisconsin governor

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Jeremiah M. Rusk (1830-1893) Wisconsin US Rep (R) 1871-73, 1873-77, 15th Governor (1882-89), and 2nd US Secretary of Agriculture 1889-93. Led the 25th Wisconsin Vol. Inf. Regt. as Lieut. Col. in 1864 and was breveted Brigadier General in 1866, to rank from March 1865. His most noted act during his governorship was when he sent the National Guard into Milwaukee to keep the peace during the May Day Labor Strikes of 1886. The strikers had shut down every business in the city except the North Chicago Rolling Mills in Bay View. The guardsmen's orders were that, if the strikers were to enter the Mills, they should shoot to kill. This led to the Bay View Tragedy, in which a number of workers were killed; Governor Rusk took most of the blame. In 1889, after the end of his 3rd term as governor, he accepted the new cabinet position of Secretary of Agriculture in Benjamin Harrison’s administration. Signed 2 ½ x 3 ½ card

Condition: Very good, very slight toning at lower right
Type:Signed Card






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