Note: eed (1882); Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Tammy Clark http://genealogytrails.com/wis/dane/bios.html "Alexander Botkin, Madison. At Sun Prairie, in the county of Dane and State of Wisconsin, and while absent from his home on business, from what is supposed to have been a disease of the heart, Colonel Alexander Botkin, on March 5, 1857, at the age of fifty-six years, suddenly deceased. The stroke was sudden and unexpected, but he died surrounded by friends, for there was not a hamlet in the county where he was not well and favorably known, and where he would not have found ready hands and willing hearts to give him cheer and welcome in sickness or in health. To his faithful companion, Jane Roslin Sinclair, to whom he was married in September, 1835, near Cincinnati, Ohio, and to his three sons, Sinclair W., William W., and Alexander C, aged respectively nineteen, seventeen, and fifteen years, the announcement of the death of a kind father and an affectionate husband was melancholy news, and fell upon his household as an irreparable calamity. The shock to the community was almost as severe as to the family itself; for Colonel Botkin was known to everybody in town and country, and everybody esteemed him as a friend and as a companion, the young and the old alike. His genial disposition, even temper, and frank and hearty manner made him welcome in all the relations of social and domestic life. He was a man of strong friendships, frank to a fault and tolerant to all. These qualities of mind and manner, united with a fine physique and pleasing address (for Colonel Botkin was six feet in height and weighed two hundred and forty pounds) rendered him personally popular among the people, and one of the centers of attraction in social and political assemblages. Mr. Botkin was born in the State of Kentucky, on March 4, 1801. Of his parentage we can give no details; records in those days, of deaths even, were rarely preserved or transmitted beyond the boundaries of immediate family tradition, and there is but little that we know of the early boyhood and dawning manhood of our deceased friend. We only know that he was a strong, stalwart youth, and that at an early age he removed to Ohio, and subsequently, in 1836, settled at Alton, in Illinois, and which place, at that time, was a rival of the city of St. Louis. About this time Lovejoy, the noted abolitionist, was killed in a riot, and Mr. Botkin being a justice of the peace, was one of the staff of peace officers who, at the peril of their own lives, sought to prevent the effusion of blood. In June, 1841, he came to Madison with his family, as assistant secretary of the territory under A. P. Field, who was secretary. He was subsequently the law partner of Mr. Field. For the law, he had had no special training, but possessing naturally a logical mind, strong reasoning powers and fluency of speech, he soon took rank as one of the ablest jury lawyers in the territory, which position he maintained up to the time of his death. Mr. Botkin was preeminently fitted for political tournaments. He belonged to the whig school of politicians, and Henry Clay, of his native state, was his political idol. He loved Mr. Clay better than any democrat ever loved Andrew Jackson, and in those days democratic affection for Jackson bordered upon eastern idolatry. The enthusiasm for these respective champions of the whig and democratic parties, was not lessened because of our territorial existence, and Mr. Botkin, owing to his political prominence and his great skill and ability as a public speaker, was designated as a leader under whose generalship the whigs hoped to rescue the territory from the control of the Jackson party. He accordingly, as early as 1845, came to be regarded as the leading whig in the territory outside of Milwaukee, and after the organization into a state he controlled, in a larger degree than any other whig in it, the policy of his party up to the time of its disruption in 1854. He it was who conceived and planned the nomination of Leonard J. Farwell for governor in 1851, and in whose election the democracy of this state received its first stunning blow. Prior to this, and in 1846, he was elected a member of the special session of the territorial assembly for 1847, and for the session of 1848. The assembly district comprised the counties of Green, Dane and Sauk. In 1849 he was elected state senator from his district, and served two years. In 1852 he was returned to the assembly. As a legislator, he was a man of large influence and rendered efficient service in starting the wheels of state government. The old pioneers, now living, point with some degree of pride to the legislators of those days, as compared with those of the present era. They would not suffer by the comparison, and in that array of talent which added lustre to our territorial history and to our early state legislation, Colonel Botkin, in clearness of conception, in logic, in wit and in eloquence, was the peer of any one of them. To the brilliant qualities of his mind was combined integrity of purpose and a laudable ambition to discharged every duty faithfully and well. Such was the estimation in which he was held by his party, that he was the caucus nominee for United States senator against Isaac P. Walker in 1849. He was but twice defeated at a popular election—once when he ran as a candidate in 1846, for the seat in the first constitutional convention, his successful being John Y. Smith, and again in 1850, when he ran for the state senate and was defeated by E.B. Dean, Jr. In his various canvasses there was a large democratic majority in his district. When the material is at hand from which the writer of this sketch might form an extended notice or eulogy upon Colonel Botkin, he refrains from doing so, as the object of this work is limited to giving data only, for future reference. He desires, however, as one who knew him long and well, to say, that beneath that disposition and manner which was always so jocund, so full of life and so cheerful, there reposed a stratum of mind, thoughtful, deep and earnest. He was not religiously included—he leaned perhaps to skepticism, but he entertained a deep respect for the sentiments of others, and a generous toleration for all forms of faith. His companion in his home was a devout Christian woman, and to her he lent a willing hand in inculcating around the domestic fireside the highest standard of morals and integrity, and the fruit of that teaching has been rich and abundant. Their joint efforts in these particulars were not confined to their home; they did their full share in moulding and directing a young community in the same habits of life. They have both finished their work. On April 25, 1874, one of the best of mothers and one of the noblest of womankind, wearied with life and full of years, was laid by the side of her husband at Forest Hill cemetery, and the spot marked by filial affection in the rearing of tablets, inscribed with the time “when they came here and when they went away.” They rest in company with a goodly array of old pioneers, who, like themselves, assisted in laying the foundation of the capital of a new state, and in giving character to her people. They soon will be reinforced by the remaining few who have not yet completed their tasks. Brigham, Chapman, J. Y. Smith, Botkin, Roys, Van Bergen, Pyncheon, Johnson, Abbott, Carpenter, G. B. Smith, Dean and other, have opened up the way. Who, among the aged of our pioneers, but longs for the companionship of these old-time friends? Surely the road to death and immortality is made smooth when first trodden by such as these."
Note: The Bench and Bar of Wisconsin History and Biography, by Parker McCobb R
Note: From: FindAGrave Col. Botkin came to Madison in 1841, when he was the Asst. Secretary of The Wisconsin Terriotry. Over the next 16 years, Botkin would be: a tavern owner, committee member of the Wisconsin Historical Society, probate judge (1842-1843), member of the Territorial House Of Representitives (1847-1848), state senator (1849-1850), member of the Assembly (1852), & a unsuccessful Whig Party candidate for the U.S. Senate, in 1849.
Note: Alexander Botkin mentioned in the record of Alexander Botkin and Jane R. Sainclair Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013 Hamilton Marriage records 1834-1836 vol A5 Page 230. Name Alexander Botkin Spouse's Name Jane R. Sainclair Event Date 20 Sep 1835 Event Place Hamilton Co , Ohio FamilySearch.org https://familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bgivenname%3Aalexander%20%2Bsurname%3ABOTKIN%20%2Bbirth_year%3A1800-1800~
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