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Experience Estabrook

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Experience Estabrook
Experience Estabrook (Nebraska Congressman).jpg
From Volume I (1907) of Illustrated History of Nebraska
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska Territory's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1859 – May 18, 1860
Preceded byDavid Atwood
Succeeded byLucien B. Caswell
United States Attorney for the Nebraska Territory
In office
1854 – March 4, 1859
PresidentFranklin Pierce
James Buchanan
Preceded byPosition Established
Succeeded byLeavitt L. Bowen
3rd Attorney General of Wisconsin
In office
January 5, 1852 – January 2, 1854
GovernorLeonard J. Farwell
Preceded byS. Park Coon
Succeeded byGeorge Baldwin Smith
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the Walworth 2nd district
In office
January 1, 1851 – January 1, 1852
Preceded byRufus Cheney, Jr.
Succeeded byZerah Mead
Personal details
Born(1813-04-30)April 30, 1813
Lebanon, New Hampshire
DiedMarch 26, 1894(1894-03-26) (aged 80)
Omaha, Nebraska
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park
Omaha, Nebraska
Political partyDemocratic
  • Caroline Augusta Maxwell
  • (died 1903)

Experience Estabrook (April 30, 1813 – March 26, 1894) was an American attorney and legal administrator. He was the 3rd Attorney General of Wisconsin and the 1st United States Attorney for the Nebraska Territory.[1]


Born in Lebanon, New Hampshire, he moved with his parents to Clarence, New York, in 1822 where he attended the public schools. Estabrook then attended Dickinson College, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Estabrook graduated from the Chambersburg, Pennsylvania Law School, and then was admitted to the bar in Brooklyn, New York in 1839. He worked as a clerk at the Navy Yard in Brooklyn and later practiced law in Buffalo, New York. In 1840, he moved to Geneva, Wisconsin in 1840 and continued the practice of law. Estabrook was a delegate to the second Wisconsin State Constitutional Convention in 1848; in 1851, he became a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly.[2] He was Attorney General of Wisconsin in 1852 and 1853.[3]

Estabrook was appointed by President Franklin Pierce the United States Attorney for the Nebraska Territory and served from 1855 to 1859. He presented credentials as a Delegate-elect to the Thirty-sixth United States Congress and served from March 4, 1859, to May 18, 1860, when he was succeeded by Samuel G. Daily, who contested his election.[4] Experience Estabrook was appointed by the Governor to codify the Nebraska State laws in 1866.

He then became the prosecuting attorney for Douglas County, Nebraska in 1867, and 1868. He was a member of the Nebraska State Constitutional Convention in 1871. Experience Estabrook died in Omaha, Nebraska, and was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha.[5]

His daughter Caroline was a composer. His son Henry Dodge Estabrook was a lawyer in New York City.


  1. ^ Omaha Illustrated. Retrieved on January 22, 2016.
  2. ^ The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. XIV. James T. White & Company. 1910. p. 286. Retrieved December 16, 2020 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Estabrook, Experience 1813 – 1894. Retrieved on January 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Collections of the NSHS – Volume 19. Retrieved on January 22, 2016.
  5. ^ "Passing of a Pioneer". Omaha Daily Bee. March 27, 1894. p. 8. Retrieved December 16, 2020 – via

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Party political offices
Preceded by
S. Park Coon
Democratic nominee for Attorney General of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
George Baldwin Smith
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Fenner Ferguson
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska Territory

March 4, 1859 – May 18, 1860
Succeeded by
Samuel G. Daily
Legal offices
Preceded by
S. Park Coon
Attorney General of Wisconsin
January 5, 1852 – January 2, 1854
Succeeded by
George Baldwin Smith
New district United States Attorney for the Nebraska Territory
1854 – 1859
Succeeded by
Leavitt L. Bowen
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