Joseph Phillips

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American politician, Industrialist, Businessman

AmericanBorn Joseph Phillips

American businessman and politician

Born on November 6, 1825 in Alsace , France

Died on September 10, 1906 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin , United States

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Joseph Phillips (November 6, 1825 – September 13, 1906) was an Alsatian American immigrant, businessman, and Wisconsin pioneer. He was the 19th mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, serving from April 1870 to April 1871, and also represented the city for three terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly (1866, 1867, 1869).

...   Joseph Phillips (November 6, 1825 – September 13, 1906) was an Alsatian American immigrant, businessman, and Wisconsin pioneer. He was the 19th mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, serving from April 1870 to April 1871, and also represented the city for three terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly (1866, 1867, 1869).


Early life
Joseph Phillips was born in the Alsace region of France. As a child, he emigrated with his parents to the United States, settling first in Lancaster, New York, and later moving to Buffalo. In 1842, he moved west to Milwaukee, Wisconsin Territory, where he was employed as a clerk in a general merchandise store.


Business career
After some time, Phillips purchased the business in partnership with George End and operated it for several years as "Phillips & End". He also married Mary Anne End, the sister of his business partner. The partnership continued for more than 20 years, until George End moved to Sheboygan.
Phillips then established a tannery business and operated it for nearly a decade before selling the business to Pfister & Vogel Leather Co. in 1877. At that point, he went into the fire insurance business, establishing the firm that he would manage until his death. In 1884 he took on his son-in-law, August Rebhan, as a partner and the firm was known as Phillips & Rebhan thereafter. By the time of his death, it was the largest fire insurance company in Milwaukee.


Political career
Phillips was a German Catholic and early in his life in Milwaukee—as with many others of his demographic—he became associated with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. He was elected to the Milwaukee City Council in the 1850s, and was then elected to several terms as city treasurer. He was subsequently elected to three terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly, serving in the 1866, 1867, and 1869 sessions. He represented what was then Milwaukee's sixth ward, which then comprised the city's north side, west of the Milwaukee River.
In the 1870 spring election, he was elected mayor of Milwaukee, running on the Democratic ticket. His term as mayor was dominated by a controversy over his attempt to enforce a Sunday law—requiring saloons and bars to close on Sundays. He ran for re-election in 1871 and lost in a landslide to Republican Harrison Ludington.


Personal life and family
Joseph Phillips married Mary Anne End in 1848. They had four sons and five daughters before Mary died in 1868. Their third son was Charles H. Phillips, who went on to become a prominent lawyer in Milwaukee and served in the Wisconsin State Senate in the 1930s. Their daughter, Elizabeth, married August Rebhan of Racine, Wisconsin, and had three children. After the death of his first wife, Joseph Phillips married Henrietta Liginger in February 1871. He had at least four children with his second wife, but three died in infancy and the fourth died young.
From 1873 until his death, he resided at what is known as the "Casper Sanger House", part of the Brewers Hill Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places.


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External links
The Political Graveyard



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