ROBERT McKEE BASHFORD


From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 951-952

ROBERT McKEE BASHFORD, the son of Samuel Morris and Mary Ann BASHFORD, was born at Fayette, La Fayette Co., Wis., Dec. 31, 1845; his father, a native of New York, settled in Grant Co., in July 1835. Having there buried his first wife, he was, on June 27, 1843, united in marriage to Mrs. Mary Ann PARKINSON, whose first husband, Wm. Carroll PARKINSON, had died a few years previous; she was the daughter of Robert McKEE, of Edwardsville, Ill., and was born in Kentucky; with her first husband she had removed to Wisconsin in the spring of 1839, and settled in the town of Fayette, on the farm where she has since continued to reside; she is now living with her third husband, Wm. P. TROUSDALE, Samuel M. B. having died June 16, 1850. The first visit of R. M. BASHFORD to Dane Co. was in 1860, to attend the commencement exercises of the State University; three years later he entered the preparatory department of the University, and graduated in the classical course in June 1870, having during that time, taught a number of terms; at the fall term of the same year, he entered the law department of the University, and graduated in June 1871, and was then admitted to practice in the Supreme Court and other courts of the State; during the time he was in the law school, he was also a student in the office of Smith & Lamb. In April 1871, he became connected with the Madison Dailey and Weekly Democrat as one of its editors and proprietors, and continued his connection with the paper until April 1876, when he disposed of his interest therein to engage in the practice of his chosen profession; in June 1876, he formed a law partnership with Col. Charles R. GILL, who had served for two terms as Attorney General of the State, and has since been engaged in the practice of law. Mr. B. compiled the "Legislative Manual of Wisconsin" for the years 1875, 1876, 1877 and 1878, and was engaged in the publication of the revision of the Statutes of 1878. On Nov. 27, 1873, Robert M. BASHFORD was married to Florence E. TAYLOR, the daughter of Hon. Wm. R. TAYLOR, of Cottage Grove, Dane Co., Wis.; she is a native of the county, and was born at Cottage Grove, June 16, 1854; she graduated at the State University in June 1874, having been a member of the Senior Class at the time of her marriage. One child is the result of this union - Florence Madeline, born Sept. 4, 1875. Robert M. was the oldest of four brothers who graduated from the classical course in the State University- John Wesley BASHFORD, of the Class of '71; James Whitford BASHFORD, of the Class of '73, and Samuel Whitney TROUSDALE, of the Class of '77 - three of whom, after graduation, were for a time connected with the instructional force of the University; John W. graduated also from the law department of the University in 1874, and at once engaged in the practice of law at Hudson, St. Croix Co., Wis., where he still resides, having in 1875, been united in marriage to Miss Alice WELCH, of Arlington, Columbia Co., Wis., a former student of the University. James W. pursued a course of study in the Boston University in theology, philosophy, and oratory, and, having graduated in all these departments, joined the New England Conference of the M. E. Church, and was appointed to a pastorate in the city of Boston. He married, in 1878, Jennie FIELD, a daughter of Hon. W. W. FIELD, a native of Grant Co., Wis., and a graduate of the State University, Class of 1874. Samuel W. TROUSDALE also pursued a theological course at the Boston University and entered the Methodist ministry. Robert M. BASHFORD has served several years as a member of the Board of Trustees of the state Historical Society; he has always taken an active part in the meetings of the Alumni Association of the State University, and at the June meeting, 1880, was elected President of the Association.


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