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ATWOOD, David, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Bedford, N.H., December 15, 1815; attended the public schools; moved to Hamilton, N.Y., in 1832; apprenticed as a printer and subsequently became publisher of the Hamilton Palladium; moved to Freeport, Ill., in 1845 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; moved to Madison, Wis., in 1847 and for forty-two years was editor and publisher of the State Journal, Madison, Wis.; was commissioned major general in the Wisconsin Militia in 1858; member of the State assembly in 1861; United States assessor for four years; mayor of Madison in 1868 and 1869; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Benjamin F. Hopkins and served from February 23, 1870, until March 3, 1871; declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1870; resumed his former newspaper activities; United States Centennial Exposition commissioner, representing the State of Wisconsin, 1872-1876; delegate to the Republican National Convention at Philadelphia in 1872 and at Cincinnati in 1876; died in Madison, Wis., December 11, 1889; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.

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External Research Collections

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division

Madison, WI
Papers: In the David Atwood Papers, 1889, 0.1 cubic foot. Includes letters written to David Atwood, a Wisconsin State Journal reporter, concerning information requested for an article about Judge Mortimer M. Jackson.
Papers: In the Timothy O. Howe Papers, 1846, 1854, 1857-1890, 0.6 cubic foot (3 boxes). The collection also includes some original letters of David Atwood dealing with political and economic issues. A register is available for the collection.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Atwood, David. Life and services of Hon. Benjamin F. Hopkins. Read before the Society, Nov. 15, 1870.

Tenney, Horace A.. Memorial record of the fathers of Wisconsin, containing sketches of the lives and careers of the members of the constitutional conventions of 1846 and 1847-8. With a history of early settlement in Wisconsin. Prepared by H. A. Tenney and David Atwood. Madison, Wis.: D. Atwood, 1880.

Wisconsin. State historical society. Memorial addresses on the life and character of Hon. C.C. Washburn, LL. D., late governer [sic] of Wisconsin. Madison, Wis.: D. Atwood, printer, 1883.

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