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Vilas Photo Lt. Col. William F.
Vilas monument. South Loop Intersection, 100 yards north of Visitor Center
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Lt. Col. William F. Vilas, enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War
and was a captain in the 23rd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and later
served as the lieutenant colonel of that regiment. Following the war,
Vilas was a Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a
regent of the University from 1880 to 1885 and 1898 to 1905. Vilas served
as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1885, until he was
appointed the Postmaster General between 1885 and 1888, and as Secretary
of the Interior from 1888 to 1889, both under President Grover Cleveland.
He served in the U.S. Senate from 1891 to 1897.
Cost: $18,000 by his widow
Sculptor: Adolph A. Weinman
Erected: December 1912
Photo by Richard Edling, Philadelphia, PA
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