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Samuel Harriman

Samuel Harriman (1826-1897), came to Wisconsin in 1856 and, with his brother, platted the

Samuel Harriman, Founder of Somerset, from "Triple Centennial Jubille, Somerset, Wisconsin," 1956

village of Somerset, Wisconsin, where they operated a lumber mill and other businesses.

In 1862 he recruits a company of soldiers from Saint Croix and Polk counties—Company A of the 30th Wisconsin Infantry—and is commissioned captain on August 25, 1862. Harriman is promoted to colonel of the 37th Wisconsin Infantry on March 7, 1864. Harriman will be breveted a brigader general of U.S. Volunteers on April 2, 1865, and mustered out on July 17, 1865, when he will return to Somerset and resume his business life.

Read more about him:

  • Triple Centennial Jubilee Souvenir Book, Containing the History of Village of Somerset, Somerset Township and St. Anne’s Church, by John T. Rivard (Somerset, Wis.: The Author, 1956). UWRF University Archives & Area Research Center Collection
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