John Mitchell

Click the image to learn more. Portrait of John Mitchell, prominent Milwaukee banker, politician, and education advocate.

Only son of financier Alexander Mitchell and father of aviator William “Billy” Mitchell, John Lendrum Mitchell (1842-1904) was a prominent banker, Civil War veteran, philanthropist, and legislator. A self-described farmer, Mitchell’s interests included scientific agriculture, horse breeding, social reform, literature, and art, all of which he pursued at his Milwaukee-area estate Meadowmere.[1] Mitchell was a staunch advocate of education; he served as president of the Milwaukee school board and helped found the University of Wisconsin’s Agricultural College. He served in House of Representatives (1891-1893) before being elected to the U.S. Senate for a single term where he became noted for his anti-imperialist stance on American involvement in Cuba and Hawaii.[2]

Footnotes [+]

  1. ^ Isaac Don Levine, Mitchell: Pioneer of Air Power (New York, NY: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1943, 1958), 11-13; Frederick I. Olson, “City Expansion and Suburban Spread: Settlements and Governments in Milwaukee County” in Ralph M. Aderman, ed. Trading Post to Metropolis: Milwaukee County’s First 150 Years (Milwaukee: Milwaukee County Historical Society, 1987), 27.
  2. ^ Ruth Mitchell, My Brother Bill: The Life of General “Billy” Mitchell with an Introduction by Gerald W. Johnson (New York, NY: Harcourt, Brace, and Company, 1953), 29; Levine, Mitchell, 14-15, 4, 28-29.

For Further Reading

Levine, Isaac Don. Mitchell: Pioneer of Air Power. New York, NY: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1943, 1958.

Mitchell, Ruth. My Brother Bill: The Life of General “Billy” Mitchell with an Introduction by Gerald W. Johnson. New York, NY: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1953.


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