Leander F. Frisby

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Leander F. Frisby
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13th Attorney General of Wisconsin
In office
January 2, 1882 – January 3, 1887
Governor Jeremiah McLain Rusk
Preceded by Alexander Wilson
Succeeded by Charles E. Estabrook
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the Washington 2nd district
In office
January 1, 1861 – January 1, 1862
Preceded by Matthias Altenhofen
Succeeded by Michael Maloy
Personal details
Leander Franklin Frisby

(1825-06-19)June 19, 1825
Mesopotamia, Ohio
Died April 19, 1889(1889-04-19) (aged 63)
Resting place Forest Home Cemetery
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Political party Republican
  • Frances E. Rooker
  • (m. 1854; died 1902)
  • Alice Frances Frisby
  • (b. 1856; died 1883)
  • Almah Jane Frisby
  • (b. 1857; died 1931)
  • Marion Clark Frisby
  • (b. 1860; died 1883)
  • Ralph Eugene Frisby
  • (b. 1865; died 1883)
Mother Lovina (Gary) Frisby
Father Lucius Frisby
Relatives Franklin L. Gilson (nephew)

Leander Franklin Frisby (June 19, 1825 – April 19, 1889) was an American Republican politician and lawyer from Wisconsin. He was the 13th Attorney General of Wisconsin.[1]


Born in Mesopotamia Township, Trumbull County, Ohio, Frisby moved to Burlington, Wisconsin Territory, in 1846, where he taught school. In 1850, Frisby was admitted to the Wisconsin bar and moved to West Bend, Wisconsin. Frisby was the first district attorney of Washington County, Wisconsin. He was active in the Free Soil Party and then the Republican Party after 1854. In 1861, he served in the Wisconsin State Assembly. Frisby served as Wisconsin Attorney General from 1882 to 1887.[2][3] Beginning in 1883, he practiced law with his nephew, Franklin L. Gilson.[4]

His daughter Almah Jane Frisby was a physician and university professor. She was the first woman appointed to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, and to the Wisconsin Board of Control.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Leander F. Frisby". The Weekly Wisconsin. April 27, 1889. p. 4. Retrieved May 19, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  2. ^ Leander Frisby, Wisconsin Historical Society. Wisconsinhistory.org. Retrieved on 2016-01-22.
  3. ^ 'National Cyclopedia of American Biography,' Vol. 2, J.T. White:1892, Biographical Sketch of Leander Franklin Leander, pg. 239
  4. ^ 'Report of the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the State Bar Association of Wisconsin, February 2–3, 1901, Madison, Wisconsin,' Taylor and Gleason Book and Job Printers, Madison, Wisconsin: 1901, Biographical Sketch of Franklin L. Gilson, pg. 266-271
  5. ^ Frances Elizabeth Willard, Mary Ashton Rice Livermore, A Woman of the Century (Moulton 1893): 303-304.
  6. ^ Lillian Gray, "Women Members of State Boards" Journal Times (October 6, 1905): 12. via Newspapers.comopen access

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Preceded by
Alexander Wilson
Attorney General of Wisconsin
1882 – 1887
Succeeded by
Charles E. Estabrook

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