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William E. Smith was the 14th Governor of Wisconsin
Governor of Wisconsin
The Governor of Wisconsin is the highest executive authority in the government of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The position was first filled by Nelson Dewey on June 7, 1848, the year Wisconsin became a state...


Born in Kincardineshire
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, Scotland
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, and moved to the United States with his family as a child. He had lived in New York City
New York City
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 and Michigan
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 before settling in Fox Lake, Wisconsin
Fox Lake, Wisconsin
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 in 1849. He served two terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly
Wisconsin State Assembly
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, including serving as speaker during the second term, and two terms in the Wisconsin State Senate
Wisconsin State Senate
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. Smith was also Wisconsin state treasurer from 1866 to 1870. In 1872, Smith moved to Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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 and co-founded the Roundy's
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 supermarket chain. He was elected governor in 1877 and served two terms from 1878 to 1882. He is buried at Forest Home Cemetery
Forest Home Cemetery
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in Milwaukee.