Levi Baker Vilas

Politician, Deceased Person

1811 – 1879

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Who was Levi Baker Vilas?

Levi Baker Vilas was a United States politician from Vermont and Wisconsin.

Born in Sterling, Vermont, Vilas was admitted to the Vermont bar in 1833, and practiced law. He was a member of the 1835 Vermont Constitutional Convention. In 1836, he served in the Vermont House of Representatives and in 1840 was elected to the Vermont State Senate. He was also elected probate judge.

In 1851, Vilas and his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin. There, Vilas was elected Mayor of the city. He started a law practice in Wisconsin from which the present day law firm of Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. draws its roots. Vilas also served in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1855, 1868, and 1873. During the American Civil War, Vilas was a draft commissioner. He was one of the regents of the University of Wisconsin system and the Wisconsin Historical Society. His son was William Freeman Vilas, who served in the United States Senate.

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Born
Feb 25, 1811
Vermont
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  • United States of America
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Died
Feb 6, 1879

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on July 23, 2013

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