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William Pitt Lynde In office June 5, 1848 – March 3, 1849 Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 4th district In office March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1879 Preceded by Alexander Mitchell Succeeded by Peter V. Deuster Personal details Born December 16, 1817 Sherburne, New York Died December 18, 1885 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Nationality American Political party Democratic Alma mater Yale College, Harvard Law School Occupation Attorney Gravesite in Forest Home Cemetery William Pitt Lynde (December 16, 1817–December 18, 1885) was an American lawyer and politician from Wisconsin who served in Congress.[1] Lynde was born in Sherburne, New York. He graduated from Yale College, in 1838, and Harvard Law School, in 1841, and was admitted to the bar. He moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, shortly thereafter. Lynde became attorney general of the Wisconsin territory in 1844 and United States Attorney for Wisconsin in 1845.[2] He also served as President of the board of trustees of the Village of Milwaukee. When Wisconsin was admitted as a state in 1848, Lynde was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives, one of Wisconsin's first two representatives. He lost his reelection bid, however; his term lasted from June 5, 1848, to March 3, 1849. He was also unsuccessful in the 1849 election for associate justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. William Pitt Lynde served as mayor of Milwaukee in 1860. His Wisconsin political career also led him to the state legislature; he served in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1866 and the State Senate in 1869 and 1870. He returned to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1875, where he served two full terms until 1879, when he retired from politics. In 1842, he founded the law firm Finch & Lynde with partner Asahel Finch. Finch & Lynde survives today as Foley & Lardner, one of the oldest and largest law firms in the country. Lynde died in 1885 in Milwaukee at age 68. He is buried at Milwaukee's Forest Home Cemetery. Notes ^ 'Proceedings of State Bar Association of Wisconsin,' Wisconsin State Bar Association: 1901, Biographical Sketch of William Lynde Pitt, vol. 3, pg. 313 ^ http://www.usgennet.org/usa/wi/state/wihist-2.htm References William Pitt Lynde at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress United States House of Representatives Preceded by none Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 1st congressional district June 5, 1848 – March 3, 1849 Succeeded by Charles Durkee Political offices Preceded by Herman L. Page Mayor of Milwaukee 1860 Succeeded by James S. Brown Persondata Name Lynde, William Pitt Alternative names Short description Date of birth December 16, 1817 Place of birth Sherburne, New York Date of death December 18, 1885 Place of death Milwaukee, Wisconsin This article about a mayor in Wisconsin is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.v · d · e