RANKIN, Joseph

1833–1886

Biography

RANKIN, Joseph, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Passaic, N.J., September 25, 1833; pursued an academic course; moved to Mishicott, Manitowoc County, Wis., in 1854 and engaged in mercantile pursuits; member of the county board in 1859; member of the State assembly in 1860; during the Civil War enlisted in the Union Army in 1862 and was chosen captain of Company D, Twenty-sixth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry; after the war settled in Manitowoc, Wis.; city clerk of Manitowoc 1866-1871; again a member of the State assembly 1871-1874; served in the State senate 1877-1882; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses and served from March 4, 1883, until his death in Washington, D.C., January 24, 1886; interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Manitowoc, Wis.

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

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External Research Collections

Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division

Madison, WI
Papers: In the Civil War Muster Rolls, 1862-1865, 0.1 cubic foot. Muster-In Roll and Roll of Volunteers having families dependent upon them including Captain Joseph Rankin's Company D, 27th Regiment Wisconsin Infantry.
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