William J, Dean

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Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
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Collection Grand Army of the Republic
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Gelatin print mounted on grey card stock of William J. Dean.

Year Range from 1900
Year range to 1902
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Notes Bust view image of DEAN, William J. - Pvt., Co. C, 21st Regt., Wis. Vol. Inf. He wears a dark coat with Grand Army of the Republic membership badge and button hole pin. He wears a moustache and beard.

William was born on Feb. 20, 1843 at Warren County, New York. He was a son of Jesse P. and Lurana Rebecca (Johnson) Dean, both natives of New York. Jesse is the subject of a previous sketch. William learned engineering and was occupied with that trade for most of his life. He enlisted at Oshkosh, Winnebago County on Aug. 13, 1862 and was assigned as above. He became ill at the battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and was hospitalized for several weeks. After regaining his health, William was detached as a hospital nurse until after the battle of Chickamauga, Georgia when he was allowed to rejoin his regiment. From then until the close of the war, William was commissioned as postmaster for that regiment. He was mustered out on June 8, 1865 and received an honorable discharge on June 17, 1865 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. William was married in Winnebago County on Oct. 18, 1865 to Marion E. Howard. She was born on Jan. 31, 1848 at Oshkosh. William accepted employment with Wharton Bros. of Appleton, Outagamie County. In 1869 he removed to Oshkosh and was employed by McMillan Bros. In 1873 he returned to Wharton Bros. at their interests near Wrightstown, Brown County. He later returned to Oshkosh and his employment at McMillen Bros. William and Marion had four children, of which a son, Jesse A., was the only one surviving in 1888. William was listed in the veteran section of the 1885 and 1895 Wisconsin State census at P.O. Oshkosh. He was listed in 1888 as a member of GAR Post #10 at Oshkosh. He was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing in the city of Oshkosh. William died at his home on June 9, 1917 after suffering a stroke.

His diary is in the OPM Collection.

{US 1860, 1890; WC-V 1885, 1895; ROV; WCMR v.1, p.283, #1708; Randall p.36; B-1905}
Object ID P2004.1.26
Object Name cabinet card
People Dean, William J.
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 4.25" x 6.5"
Subjects Portrait photographs
Civil War
Grand Army of the Republic
21st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Lumber industry
Title William J, Dean
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