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Lucius Fairchild
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Born: December 27, 1831(1831-12-27)
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Died: May 23, 1896 (aged 64)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Rank: Brigadier General
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Lucius Fairchild (December 27, 1831 – May 23, 1896) was an American politician, army general, and diplomat. He served as the tenth Governor of Wisconsin and as U.S. Minister to Spain.

Military career[]


Lucius Fairchild

He enlisted in the army in 1861 in the Wisconsin volunteer infantry and served in the Civil War in the famed Iron Brigade. He rose through the ranks to colonel of the 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment. At the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, he was wounded in the first day's fighting and lost his left arm. He was promoted to brigadier general before being mustered out of the service.

From 1864 to 1866, Fairchild was the Secretary of State of Wisconsin, and Governor of Wisconsin for three terms from 1866 to 1872. After his time as governor, Fairchild was appointed U.S. consul at Liverpool in 1871 and then consul general at Paris. From 1880 to 1881, Fairchild was Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Spain.[1][2]


His father was Jairus C. Fairchild-the first Treasurer of the State of Wisconsin and the first Mayor of the city of Madison, Wisconsin. His brother was Cassius Fairchild, who served in the Wisconsin State Assembly, and also served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.[3]


The 422 foot WW II Liberty Ship SS Lucius Fairchild was named in his honor. It was built in 1943 in Portland, OR for the US War Shipping Administration.

See also[]


Template:Start box Template:S-off |- style="text-align: center;" |- style="text-align:center;" |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
James Lewis |width="40%" style="text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|Secretary of State of Wisconsin
1864–1866 |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
Thomas Allen |- |- style="text-align: center;" |- style="text-align:center;" |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
James Lewis |width="40%" style="text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|Governor of Wisconsin
1866 – 1872 |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
Cadwallader C. Washburn |- |- ! colspan="3" style="background: #FACEFF;" | Diplomatic posts

|- style="text-align: center;" |- style="text-align:center;" |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
James Russell Lowell |width="40%" style="text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|U.S. Minister to Spain
1880–1881 |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
Hannibal Hamlin |- |}

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