Amasa Cobb (1823-1905)

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Left to right, I.C. Sloan, Amasa Cobb, H.E. Paine, Walter D. McIndoe, J.R. Doolittle, Philetus Sawyer, T.O. Howe, C.A. Eldridge. 

Amasa Cobb, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Crawford County, Ill., September 27, 1823; attended the public schools; moved to the Territory of Wisconsin in 1842 and engaged in lead mining; served in the Mexican War as a private in the United States Army; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Mineral Point, Iowa County, Wis.; district attorney 1850-1854; member of the State senate in 1855 and 1856; adjutant general of Wisconsin 1855-1858; member of the State assembly in 1860 and 1861 and served as speaker during the last year; entered the Union Army as colonel of the Fifth Wisconsin Infantry July 12, 1861; became colonel of the Forty-third Wisconsin Infantry on September 29, 1864; brevetted brigadier general March 13, 1865; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1871); moved to Lincoln, Nebr., and continued the practice of law; appointed mayor of Lincoln, Nebr., in 1873; associate justice of the State supreme court 1878-1892 and served as chief justice for four years; died in Los Angeles, Calif., July 5, 1905; interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Lincoln. Nebr.

Nelson, Meredith K. “Amasa Cobb.” Nebraska Law Bulletin 14 (November 1935): 197-213.

Biographical links about Amasa Cobb:

his role in the Antietam Campaign;

listing in Wikipedia;

the Wisconsin 43rd;


Photographs of Amasa Cobb:

in uniform

steel engraving portrait, New York Public Library;

in old age with a cane;