This article is about the governor of Wisconsin. For the governor of Washington Territory, see Edward S. Salomon.

Edward Salomon (August 11, 1828 – April 21, 1909) was an American politician and the Lieutenant Governor and eighth Governor of Wisconsin during the American Civil War after the accidental drowning of his predecessor, Louis P. Harvey.

Early life

Salomon was born in Ströbeck, Prussian Saxony. He attended the University of Berlin, but as a revolutionary sympathizer, fled the country in 1849. He immigrated to the United States and settled in Manitowoc, Wisconsin where he was a school teacher, a surveyor and served as deputy circuit court clerk. In 1852 he moved to Milwaukee where he read law, was admitted to the bar in 1855 and set up a law practice with Winfield Smith.


In 1860, Salomon changed from his Democratic party affiliations to support Abraham Lincoln for the presidency, and in 1861 was nominated by the Republican Party as 'Union' candidate for lieutenant governor of Wisconsin winning by a narrow margin. In 1862, when Governor Lewis P. Harvey was drowned, Salomon became Wisconsin's first German-born governor.

In 1862 Governor Salomon responded to a request from the War Department for more troops by asking for volunteers and setting up a draft. He was able to raise 14 regiments. Salomon had to call up federal troops to quell the Port Washington Draft Riot. Suppression of the rioters with use of federal troops cost him the 1864 Republican nomination.[1][2]

His brothers, Frederick C. Salomon and Charles Eberhard Salomon, served as officers in the Union Army. On July 18, 1862, Frederick was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as a brigadier general of volunteers to rank from July 16, 1862.[3] President Lincoln submitted the nomination to the U.S. Senate on May 17, 1862 and the Senate confirmed the appointment on July 16, 1862.[3] Charles served as colonel of the 5th Missouri Volunteer Infantry (3 months, 1861) and on September 26, 1862 rejoined the army and succeeded Frederick as colonel of the 9th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment.[4] On January 13, 1866, President Andrew Johnson nominated Charles Eberhard Salomon for appointment to the grade of brevet brigadier general of volunteers to rank from March 13, 1865, and the Senate confirmed the appointment on March 12, 1866.[5]

In 1864, Salomon resumed his law practice in Milwaukee. In 1869 he moved to New York City, where he continued his law practice for a number of years was legal representative for various important German interests. When he retired in 1894, he returned to Germany and lived there until his death.[6]


Salomon died April 21, 1909 in Germany at Frankfurt am Main. His burial place is unknown.

Family life

Son of Christoph and Dorothea Klussman Salomon, he married Elise Nebel. He had three brothers, Charles Eberhard Salomon, Frederich Salomon, and Herman Salomon who were involved in the American Civil War.


  1. ^ Salomon, Edward 1828 - 1909
  2. ^ GAR - Photographs
  3. ^ a b Eicher, John H., and David J. Eicher, Civil War High Commands. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3. p. 727.
  4. ^ Eicher, 2001, p. 468
  5. ^ Eicher, 2001, p. 756.
  6. ^ "Edward Salomon". 1996-2014 Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 25 May 2014.