Jairus Cassius Fairchild
Madison's 1st Mayor 1856 – 57
Wife: Sally Blair Fairchild
Lucius served three terms as governor (1865-1871)
Lived: Dec 27, 1801 - Jul 18, 1862
Buried: Forest Hill, Madison, WI - section 32, The Fairchild family
Fairchild Street named after
Failed in bids for the Democratic nomination for governor in 1851 and 1853
Lived in a Mansion on Wisconsin Ave. and W. Wilson St. Today the Department of
Health and Family Services occupies the land at 1 W. Wilson St.
In 1846 he moved to Madison, where he kept a store, ran a brickyard, speculated in
lands and an ice and coal company, and served as director and later president of the
Watertown-Madison R.R. Company. He held a receivership in the Milwaukee-Horicon R.R.,
and joined with others in operating a cranberry company and sawmill in northern
Wisconsin. A "Tadpole" Democrat, he was the first state treasurer of Wisconsin,
(1848-1852), and in 1856 was Madison's first city mayor.
One of Madison's most prominent pioneer families, Jairus and Sally Blair Fairchild
left Ohio in 1846 and moved to Madison (Jairus had been a business partner with
abolitionist John Brown). He became Madison's first elected mayor in 1856.
His son, Lucius (1831-1896), worked in the California goldfields and fought with
the 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War, losing an arm at Gettysburg.
He returned to Madison and served three terms as governor (1865-1871). A well-loved
man, his funeral service was said to be one of the largest in Madison history.
Interred at Forest Hill Cemetery