William E. Walsh (Wisconsin)
Berner was born in Ireland and attended school until the age of fourteen, when he became a tailor. In 1887, at the age of eighteen years, he sailed for Rio de Janeiro and remained in Brazil for about one year, when he took passage for New Orleans. After remaining there a short time he went to Puerto Limón, Costa Rica; then moved on to New York City, to Boston, Massachusetts and to St. Louis, Missouri, working at the tailoring trade in every place visited. In 1893 he moved to Milwaukee, and worked for other tailors until 1898, when he enlisted in Company G, Fourth Wisconsin Volunteer infantry and served in the Spanish-American War. He was mustered out in February 1899, and became the manager of tailoring departments in various Milwaukee retail stores.
He was elected to the Assembly for the 9th district of Milwaukee County (9th ward of the City of Milwaukee) in 1912 (Socialist incumbent Edmund J. Berner was running for the state senate), receiving 1,209 votes against 1,035 for Socialist Herman O. Kent, 459 for Republican Eugene Herman, and 31 for Prohibitionist Frank F. Wolfe. He was assigned to the standing committee on printing.
He does not appear to have run for re-election in 1914. He was succeeded by Kent, who defeated Republican and Democratic candidates for the seat.
- Cannon, A. Peter, ed. Members of the Wisconsin Legislature: 1848 – 1999. State of Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau Informational Bulletin 99-1, September 1999
- The Wisconsin blue book Madison: Democrat Printing Co., State Printer, 1913; pp. 281, 286, 673
- The Wisconsin blue book, 1915 Madison: Democrat Printing Co., State Printer, 1915; p. 250
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