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Angus Cameron (American politician)

Angus Cameron (July 4, 1826 – March 30, 1897) was a Republican politician from Wisconsin who served twice in the United States Senate.

Angus Cameron
Angus Cameron - Brady-Handy.jpg
United States Senator
from Wisconsin
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1881
Preceded byMatthew H. Carpenter
Succeeded byPhiletus Sawyer
In office
March 14, 1881 – March 3, 1885
Preceded byMatthew H. Carpenter
Succeeded byJohn Coit Spooner
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born(1826-07-04)July 4, 1826
Caledonia, New York
DiedMarch 30, 1897(1897-03-30) (aged 70)
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Political partyRepublican


Cameron was born in Caledonia, New York on July 4, 1826. He attended Temple Hill Academy in Geneseo, New York and then the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary in Lima, New York, which is now Syracuse University. He later studied law with the firm of Wadsworth and Cameron in Buffalo, New York He graduated from the State and National Law School in 1853, was admitted to the bar, and practiced with Wadsworth and Cameron. He later formed a partnership with Frederick H. Wing, which was active in banking as Cameron & Wing.

In 1857 Cameron moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin, where he continued his legal and banking careers. Initially a Whig, he joined the Republican Party when it was founded in the mid-1850s. He served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1863 to 1864 and 1871 to 1872. He was a delegate to the 1864 National Union National Convention. From 1866 to 1867 he served in the Wisconsin State Assembly, and he was Speaker in 1867.

Cameron also served on the University of Wisconsin–Madison Board of Regents from 1866 to 1875, and helped found Christ Church of La Crosse.

In February 1875 the Wisconsin State Legislature elected Cameron to the United States Senate, and he served from March 4, 1875 to March 3, 1881. He did not seek reelection in 1881. During this term he was appointed chairman of a committee to investigate alleged election fraud in South Carolina during the disputed United States presidential election of 1876.

In February 1881 Senator Matthew H. Carpenter died in office, and on March 10 Cameron was elected to succeed him. Cameron took his seat on March 14, and served until March 3, 1885. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1885.

After leaving the Senate Cameron returned to his banking and legal interests. He died in La Crosse on March 30, 1897 and was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in La Crosse.[1]

Cameron Park in downtown La Crosse was named for him. The village of Cameron in Barron County was also named for him.


  1. ^ "Cameron, Angus 1826 - 1897 | Wisconsin Historical Society". Wisconsin Historical Society. 2017-08-08. Retrieved 2018-06-30.

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Matthew H. Carpenter
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Wisconsin
Served alongside: Timothy O. Howe, Matthew H. Carpenter
Succeeded by
Philetus Sawyer
Preceded by
Matthew H. Carpenter
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Wisconsin
Served alongside: Philetus Sawyer
Succeeded by
John C. Spooner