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William Jayne

Personal data
Date of birthOctober 8, 1826
Place of birthSpringfield, Illinois
Date of deathMarch 20, 1916(age 89)
Place of deathSpringfield, Illinois
SpouseJulia Witherbee
1st Governor of Dakota Territory
In office1861 - 1863
PresidentAbraham Lincoln
Succeeded byNewton Edmunds

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William A. Jayne (October 8, 1826 - March 20, 1916) was an American physician and statesman. He served as Governor of the Dakota Territory and as the territory's delegate to the United States House of Representatives during the American Civil War.

William was born in Springfield, Illinois. He attended Illinois College in 1844 where he was a founding member and served as first president of Phi Alpha Literary Society. He formed part of the three man committee that prepared the society's constitution. He graduated in medicine from the University of Missouri in 1849. He began his practice in Springfield and served as Abraham Lincoln's personal physician. He became mayor of Springfield in 1859, and then a member of the State Senate in 1860, but resigned in 1861 to accept the appointment by President Lincoln to be the first Governor of Dakota Territory. He served from May 27, 1861, until 1863, then as a Delegate to the House of Representatives from March 4, 1863, to June 17, 1864.

Jayne then returned to Springfield and continued the practice of medicine. He was appointed U.S. Pension Agent in 1869 for four years and served three terms as mayor of Springfield beginning in 1876. He also served as Director and Vice President of the First National Bank of Springfield. He resumed the practice of medicine in 1873.

He married Julia Witherbee in 1850 and had six children with her. He died in Springfield and is interred in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield.

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