Arthur William McLeod


Men of Progress. Wisconsin. (pages 350-383) A selected list of biographical sketches and portraits of the leaders in business, professional and official life. Together with short notes on the history and character of Wisconsin.

McLEOD, Arthur William, a resident of Washburn, and district attorney of Bayfield county, is one of the youngest men in official position in Wisconsin. He was born in Alpena, Michigan, September 26th, 1872. Both his father and mother are of Scottish extraction, as indicated by the name. Coming to Eagle River, Wis., in 1888, he entered the law office of N. A. Colman of that place, as a law student, the following year, being then but seventeen years of age. He read law there for three years, and then entered the law school of the University of Wisconsin, in the fall of 1892, and graduated in June, 1894, with the degree of LL. B. He was admitted to the bar in Madison soon after graduation, being then twenty-one years of age. While a student in the law school he was vice-president of the Republican College League of the university. In July, 1894, he located at Washburn, and in September following was nominated by the Republican county convention for the office of district attorney, but declined the nomination. He was next nominated for city attorney of Washburn, in 1895, and was elected, and re-elected the following year. In August, 1896, he was a delegate to the Republican congressional convention in the Tenth district, and was also a delegate to the Republican state convention which met in Milwaukee the same month, and was secretary of the Tenth congressional district in that convention, member of the Tenth district congressional committee from Bayfield county, and also secretary of the executive committee of that district.

He is now district attorney of Bayfield county, and, in the winter of 1896-7, he was a member of the commission appointed to review and equalize the taxes of Ashland county. He is secretary and director of the Washburn Electric Light and Power company.

Mr. McLeod is a member of Washburn Lodge, No. 240, A. F. & A. M., and is junior warden of the lodge. He is also a members of Ashland Chapter, Royal Arch Masons. He is unmarried.

This is a busy record for so young a man, and one which indicates that he is fully entitled to be classed among "Men of Progress."


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