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Oil painting on canvas of Edward Eastman wearing a dark suit with a white shirt and dark cravat, his face has a beard/goatee. The painting has a fancy gold frame. Edward Eastman was Oshkosh's first Mayor. Eastman was born in February 1806 in Randolph, VT. and grew up there even attended college. He married an unidentified woman and had one son: George, and then married Catharine Granger June 3, 1841. The couple had three children together. He worked on his father's farm and put two younger brothers through college also. In 1846 he traveled to Dodge County, but that same year would come to Oshkosh where he established a bookstore on Ferry Street. In 1846 he was also appointed Postmaster under Polk's Administration (1846-1849) and again in 1853 under the Pierce administration (1853-1861). In 1850 he was elected to the Assembly in Madison as Winnebago County's representative and in 1853 helped organize the City of Oshkosh's government. That same year he was chosen as Oshkosh's first mayor and also held the office of Alderman. In 1849 he built a frame Greek Revival house on Washington Blvd, which was later torn down and the site became Roe Park. Eastman died in 1870 at the age of 64 years and is buried in Riverside Cemetery.
Portrait of Edward Eastman -PIONEERS AND IMMIGRANTS -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
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