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  Rusk, Jeremiah McClain
NameJeremiah McClain Rusk
Viroqua, Wisconsin , United States
Born June 17, 1830
DiedNovember 21, 1893 (63 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedRBH
Jul 31, 2015 06:04pm
Tags Anti-Labor -
InfoJeremiah McLain Rusk (June 17, 1830 - November 21, 1893) was the 15th Governor of Wisconsin from 1882 - 1889. He was a member of the United States Republican Party. Beginning as a planter and then turning to innkeeping and finally to banking before the Civil War. During the war he was appointed Brevet General and saw action at Antietam with the 26th Wisconsin Volunteer which was almost wiped out.
After the Civil War he became a congressman and then resigned to run for Governor of Wisconsin, an election he won. His most noted act during his governorship was when he sent the National Guard into Milwaukee to keep the peace during the Great May Labor Strikes of 1886. The strikers had shut down every business in the city except the Bay View Rolling Mills. The guardsmen's orders were that if the strikers were to enter the Mills that they should shoot to kill. But when the captain received the order it had a different meaning and he ordered his men to pick out a man and shoot to kill when the order is given. Several people were killed and Governor Rusk took the majority of the blame.

In 1889 he resigned his governorship and accepted the cabinet position of Secretary of Agriculture with the Benjamin Harrison administration.



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