Gerry Whiting Hazelton

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Gerry Whiting Hazelton
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United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
In office
Appointed byUlysses S. Grant
PresidentUlysses S. Grant
Rutherford B. Hayes
James A. Garfield
Chester A. Arthur
Preceded byLevi Hubbell
Succeeded byW. A. Walker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1875
Preceded byDavid Atwood
Succeeded byLucien B. Caswell
President pro tempore
of the Wisconsin Senate
In office
September 10, 1862 – January 14, 1863
Preceded byFrederick Thorpe
Succeeded byWyman Spooner
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 25th district
In office
January 1, 1861 – January 1, 1863
Preceded byMoses M. Davis
Succeeded byJonathan Bowman
District Attorney of Columbia County
In office
January 1, 1865 – January 1, 1867
Preceded byIsrael Holmes
Succeeded byJ. T. Clark
Personal details
Born(1829-02-24)February 24, 1829
Chester, New Hampshire
DiedSeptember 29, 1920(1920-09-29) (aged 91)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Resting placeForest Home Cemetery
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Martha Squire Hazelton
  • Anna Hazelton
  • (b. 1858; died 1951)
MotherMercy J. Cochrane
FatherWilliam Hazelton

Gerry Whiting Hazelton (February 24, 1829 – September 29, 1920) was an American lawyer and Republican politician. He represented Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district in the 42nd and 43rd Congresses. He also served nine years as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and two years as a member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing Columbia County.

Early life[edit]

Born in Chester, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, he attended the common schools, Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire, and received instruction from a private tutor. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in Amsterdam, New York, in 1852.[1]


Hazelton moved to Columbus, Wisconsin, in 1860 where he served in the Wisconsin State Senate in 1861 and 1862, and was chosen as president pro tempore in the special session of 1862. He was a delegate to the 1860 Republican National Convention and became district attorney for Columbia County, Wisconsin in 1865. He was then appointed collector of internal revenue for the second district of Wisconsin in 1866 and removed by President Johnson the same year.

Elected to the House of Representatives in the Forty-second and Forty-third United States Congresses Hazelton was United States Representative for Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district (March 4, 1871 - March 3, 1875).[2] After he served his terms, he moved to Milwaukee and became the United States attorney for the eastern district of Wisconsin. He later was appointed special master in chancery in 1912 and was the United States court commissioner and commissioner for Milwaukee County for many years.


Hazelton died in Milwaukee on September 29, 1920 (age 91 years, 218 days). He is interred at Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Family life[edit]

Son of William and Mercy Jane Hazelton, he married Martha L. Squire in 1854 and they had a daughter, Anna.[3] His brother, George Cochrane Hazelton, was also a representative from Wisconsin. His uncle (his mother's brother), Clark B. Cochrane, was a Congressman from New York.


  1. ^ "Gerry Whiting Hazelton". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  2. ^ Hazelton, Gerry. One Thousand New Hampshire Notables: Brief Biographical Sketches. Rumford Printing Company, 1919 - New Hampshire. p. 83.
  3. ^ "Gerry Whiting Hazelton". 2014 Retrieved 18 February 2014.

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Wisconsin State Senate
Preceded by
Moses M. Davis
Member of the Wisconsin Senate from the 25th district
1861 – 1863
Succeeded by
Jonathan Bowman
Preceded by
Frederick Thorpe
President pro tempore of the Wisconsin Senate
1862 – 1863
Succeeded by
Wyman Spooner
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
David Atwood
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1875
Succeeded by
Lucien B. Caswell
Legal offices
Preceded by
Israel Holmes
District Attorney of Columbia County, Wisconsin
1865 – 1867
Succeeded by
J. T. Clark
Preceded by
Levi Hubbell
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
1876 – 1885
Succeeded by
W. A. Walker