Randall, Alexander Williams
- Robert W. Burg
Randall, Alexander Williams (31 October 1819–26 July 1872), governor of Wisconsin and U.S. postmaster general, was born in Ames, New York, the son of Phineas Randall, a lawyer from Massachusetts, and Sarah Beach. After completing his formal education at Cherry Valley Academy, Randall read law with his father. He was admitted to the bar in 1838. Motivated by the hard times that followed the panic of 1837, he moved in 1840 to Prairieville (later Waukesha), Wisconsin, where he established a law office with his brother Edwin Randall, a future chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court. He wed Mary Van Vechten in 1842....