Marcus H. Barnum

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Marcus Hinsman "Mark" Barnum (March 14, 1834 – July 31, 1904) was an American lawyer, businessman, and politician.

Born in Syracuse, New York, Barnum moved to Rosendale, Wisconsin in 1855 and taught school. He then moved to Wausau, Wisconsin, in 1858, was admitted to the Wisconsin bar, and elected District Attorney of Marathon County, Wisconsin in 1857 and in 1872. During the American Civil War, he served in the Union Army. After the war, he published a newspaper, The Torch of Liberty,[1][2] and owned a summer hotel. Barnum was convicted of libel in 1896 and served part of a prison sentence, but was then pardoned.[3][4] Barnum served in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1897 and was a Republican. He died in Wausau, Wisconsin.[2][5][6]


  1. ^ "The Torch of Liberty". Eau Claire Leader. May 21, 1899. p. 3. Retrieved December 10, 2016 – via open access
  2. ^ a b "Ex-Assemblyman of Wisconsin Is Dead". Green Bay Press Gazette. August 1, 1904. p. 1. Retrieved December 10, 2016 – via open access
  3. ^ "Mark Barnum's Case". The Centralia Enterprise and Tribune. March 14, 1896. p. 12. Retrieved December 11, 2016 – via open access
  4. ^ "Mark Barnum Free". The Weekly Wisconsin. April 18, 1896. p. 5. Retrieved December 11, 2016 – via open access
  5. ^ Marathon County, Wisconsin Historical Society-Marcus H. Barnum
  6. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book, 1897, Biographical Sketch of Mark Barnum, p. 685.

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