COBB, Amasa

COBB, Amasa
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1823–1905

Biography

COBB, Amasa, A Representative from Wisconsin; born in Crawford County, Ill., September 27, 1823; attended the public schools; moved to the Territory of Wisconsin in 1842 and engaged in lead mining; served in the Mexican War as a private in the United States Army; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Mineral Point, Iowa County, Wis.; district attorney 1850-1854; member of the State senate in 1855 and 1856; adjutant general of Wisconsin 1855-1858; member of the State assembly in 1860 and 1861 and served as speaker during the last year; entered the Union Army as colonel of the Fifth Wisconsin Infantry July 12, 1861; became colonel of the Forty-third Wisconsin Infantry on September 29, 1864; brevetted brigadier general March 13, 1865; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1871); moved to Lincoln, Nebr., and continued the practice of law; appointed mayor of Lincoln, Nebr., in 1873; associate justice of the State supreme court 1878-1892 and served as chief justice for four years; died in Los Angeles, Calif., July 5, 1905; interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Lincoln. Nebr.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Milwaukee Public Library

Milwaukee, WI
Papers: In the Charles Lanman Papers, 1858-1865, 1 folder. Includes biographical and autobiographical statements concerning various individuals including Amasa Cobb.

Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division

Madison, WI
Papers: 1840-1865, 0.1 cubic foot. The papers include personal and political correspondence documenting Colonel Cobb's Civil War service with the 5th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment and in Congress. The papers also include a biography of Amasa Cobb from 1954, as well as a diary describing Amasa Cobb's journey from Terre Haute, Indiana to Fair Play, Wisconsin.
Papers: In the Horace A. Tenney Papers, 1797-1929, 1.4 cubic feet. Correspondents include Amasa Cobb. A register for the papers is available in the repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Nelson, Meredith K. "Amasa Cobb." Nebraska Law Bulletin 14 (November 1935): 197-213.

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