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Milton Pettit

Milton Pettit

Politician; Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
Milton Pettit
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Intro Politician; Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
Was Politician
From United States of America
Type Politics
Gender male
Birth 1835, Fabius, USA
Death 1873 (aged 38 years)
Politics Republican Party
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Milton Howard Pettit (October 22, 1835 – March 23, 1873) was an American businessman and politician. He was the 11th Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, during the governorship of Cadwallader C. Washburn, and died while in office. Earlier, he had been Mayor of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and had represented Kenosha in the Wisconsin State Senate.


He was born in Fabius, New York, in 1835, but moved to Somers, Wisconsin Territory, at the age of 11. As an adult, in 1854, he moved to the neighboring city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and became a member of the Republican Party. In 1859 he was elected to the city council and, in 1861, he was elected to his first term as Mayor of Kenosha. He would be elected to three more one-year terms as Mayor, in 1865, 1867, and 1870, and was elected to represent Kenosha County in the Wisconsin State Senate for the 1870 and 1871 sessions of the Wisconsin Legislature. In 1871, he was the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, and won election, along with Republican gubernatorial nominee Cadwallader Washburn. Shortly after taking office in 1872, however, his health began to fail, and he died in the spring of 1873. He was the second Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin to die in office, after Timothy Burns.

Electoral history

Wisconsin Senate (1869)

Party Candidate Votes % ±
General Election, November 2, 1869
Republican Milton H. Pettit 1,172 59.22%
Democratic James M. Wilber 807 40.78%
Total votes 1,979 100.0%
Republican hold

Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor (1871)

Party Candidate Votes % ±
General Election, November 7, 1871
Republican Milton H. Pettit 77,751 53.05%
Democratic John A. Rice 68,807 46.95%
Total votes 146,558 100.0%
Republican hold
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