Historical records matching Gov. John E. Osborne, MD, US Congress
About Gov. John E. Osborne, MD, US Congress
John Eugene Osborne (June 19, 1858 – April 24, 1943) was an American physician, farmer, banker and Democratic politician. He was the third Governor of Wyoming after the Wyoming Territory attained statehood in 1890.
Osborne was born in Westport, New York, the younger son of John C. Osborne and Mary E. Rail. His parents were both immigrants, his father from England and his mother from Canada. Osborne studied medicine at the University of Vermont and graduated in 1880. He was then hired as a surgeon by the Union Pacific Railroad, and moved to Rawlins, Carbon County, Wyoming. Career
In 1883, Osborne was elected to Wyoming's House of the Territorial Assembly, but resigned in 1885, when he left the Territory for a brief period. In 1888, he was appointed chairman of the Penitentiary Building Commission and also elected mayor of Rawlins. During the 1880s, Osborne was a physician and chemist in Rawlins, and operated a farm, at one point being the largest individual sheep owner in Wyoming. After the lynching of Big Nose George Parrott, Osborne helped conduct the autopsy, and had Parrot's skin tanned and made into a pair of shoes he later allegedly wore at his inauguration as governor.
Osborne was an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1892. That same year, amidst unconfirmed claims of election irregularities, Osborne defeated Edward Ivinson in Wyoming's second gubernatorial election since statehood.
Osborne was one of only a handful of Democrats to win the Governorship of Wyoming, and his term was stormy and rife with bitter fighting between his party and the Republicans. He completed his term on January 7, 1895, having declined renomination. From March 4, 1897 until March 3, 1899, he served in the 55th United States Congress as the U.S. Representative from Wyoming, but again declined renomination when his term expired. On November 2, 1907 he married Selina Smith of a prominent family in Princeton, Kentucky. They were the parents of a daughter, Jean Curtis Osborne.
Osborne was appointed Assistant Secretary of State, serving the Wilson Administration from April 21, 1913 until December 14, 1915. He was also chairman of the board of the Rawlins National Bank, and engaged in stock raising. Death
Osborne was a Freemason and a member of the York Rite. He died in Rawlins on April 24, 1943, at the age of 84. He is interred at the Smith family plot at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Princeton, Caldwell County, Kentucky.[