WIBios - Green County - Bingham, John Augustine (Hon.)

Green County, Wisconsin


"John Augustine Bingham"

JOHN AUGUSTINE BINGHAM, born in Morristown, Vt., Feb. 27, 1819,
was the son of John and Lydia (THOMPSON) BINGHAM, the former a native of Connecticut, the latter of New Hampshire. The parents, of old Puritan stock, were industrious energetic, and sternly religious. Five of their eight children grew to maturity, four daughters and one son, all now deceased. The father, a man of much character and good standing, was a farmer, and was a man of unusual size and endurance. His father, Elias BINGHAM, was even a larger man, and not less noted for his virtues than for his size. He was a Revolutionary soldier in a Connecticut company. Lydia (THOMPSON) BINGHAM was a woman of fine character and of a remarkably hopeful disposition. Her father also bore arms in the cause of American independence.
John A. BINGHAM was reared on a farm in Vermont, and received a common school education,
later attending the academy at Johnson and the academy at Montpelier. He studied law at Stowe, and was admitted to the Bar at Monroe, Green Co., Wis., in 1842, having come into this State the previous year. For some months he was engaged as teacher in Racine county, and in February, 1842, came to Monroe, which was his home from that time until his death. Taking up the practice of law, he also did surveying, which was an important accomplishment in those days.
On Nov. 25, 1843, Judge BINGHAM was married to Miss Caroline Elizabeth CHURCHILL, a
daughter of William B. and Almira (HUMES) CHURCHILL, and to this union were born six children, Helen M., Horace, Alice M., Ada, Homer W. and J. Herbert. Helen M. BINGHAM was born Oct. 10, 1845, was graduated from Lombard College, at Galesburg, Ill., in the class of 1867, and for a time was a member of the Faculty of that institution. She graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine in 1881, and practiced for a number of years in Milwaukee, but is now retired from active professional work and lives in Monroe. She is a charter member of the Denver Woman's Club. Dr. BINGHAM is a lady of much intellectual ability, and wrote an interesting history of Green county, which was published in 1877. For a time prior to her medical course, she was a teacher in the Monroe high school, and has been an active worker all her life. Horace BINGHAM, born Feb. 5, 1847, died in December, 1849. Alice M. BINGHAM, born May 4, 1851, was married Sept. 7, 1872, to Herbert E. COPELAND, who was born in Avon, Mich., and was a teacher of sciences in the high school in Indianapolis, Ind., where he died Dec. 12, 1876. To that union came two sons, Edwin Bingham and Herbert Bingham. Edwin B. was born Sept. 30, 1873, and married Miss Ethel Tilden FAULKNER; their home is at Morgantown, W. Va., where he is professor of botany in the University of West Virginia. Herbert B., born July 24, 1875, lives in Denver, where he is in the employ of his uncle Homer, a lumber dealer of that city. Mrs. COPELAND was a graduate of Lombard College, class of 1872, and has always taken a deep interest in educational matters. The first year (1887) that women were eligible for the school board in Wisconsin, she was elected a member of the school board in Monroe. For many years she has served the public in that capacity. Ada Bingham, born Feb. 6, 1854, was graduated from Lombard College in 1873, and from the Boston University School of Medicine in 1879. She practiced her profession in Monroe until her health compelled her removal, in 1888, to Denver. Dr. BINGHAM is a lady of many gifts and accomplishments, and is much interested in every forward movement of the times. She is a charter member of the Denver Woman's Club, and is an efficient worker along educational and philanthropic lines. Homer W. BINGHAM, born Feb. 1, 1856, lives in Denver, where he is engaged in the lumber business. He received his college education at Cornell University, and graduated from the law school of the University of Wisconsin in 1877. He was married to Miss Addie LUDLOW, Jan. 20, 1897, and has one daughter, Helen. J. Herbert, the youngest, born Jan. 14, 1859, died Jan. 23, 1881.
Judge BINGHAM was not a member of any church, nor is his widow. Their sympathies were with
the Unitarian faith. The Judge was a strong Abolitionist, and was one of the first members of the Republican organization in Wisconsin. He took a deep interest in promoting the Abolitionist movement into Kansas and when war came only physical disability kept him from going to the front. He was a member of the National Convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln for President the second time. During the years 1846 and 1847 he served as district attorney, and afterward held for eight years the office of Probate Judge. For about twenty-five years he was on the board of education, and for months visited the schools daily, seeking to have the most improved methods of instruction employed. He was always interested in young people, and having encountered difficulties in acquiring his own education, was eager to help ambitious young men to a chance to help themselves.
In 1854 he opened a broker's office, and later, in company with A. LUDLOW and Asa
RICHARDSON, started the Bank of Monroe, which afterward became the First National Bank of Monroe. Of this institution he was president for a number of years. He also owned a large flouring mill, which he operated during the later years of his life in Monroe. Judge BINGHAM died July 24, 1865, in the forty-seventh year of his age, while on a visit to his native State in the hope of benefiting his health.
Taken from "Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin," (c)1901 Union Publishing; pp. 408-409.
Courtesy of Carol.

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