Gov. William H. Upham House

212 W. 3rd St., Marshfield, Wisconsin

Survivor of the Marshfield Fire of 1887 and one of the oldest extant homes in Marshfield.


North Elevation

Photo taken by J.R. Manning




William H. Upham grew up in Racine, Wisconsin and served in the Civil War. He was wounded and captured by the Confederate Army during the first Battle of Bull Run, then imprisoned at Libby Prison. He was officially MIA and listed as presumed dead, a funeral was held for him in Racine.

Released as part of a prisoner exchange in 1862, Upham was transported to Washington, D.C. where he met President Lincoln. The president gave Upham a commission to West Point, he graduated in 1866 and served in the army until 1869, reaching the level of First Lieutenant.

While stationed at Fort Monroe, he was assigned to guard a prisoner of war, Jefferson Davis. The two stayed up late each night, discussing history and politics. Upham reported that Mr. Davis had great familiarity with Wisconsin and knew the meanings of all the Native American names used throughout the state.

Upham moved to Marshfield where he made his fortune in the lumber industry. He later was a Major in the Grand Army of the Republic.

Upham served one term as governor of Wisconsin but did not seek reelection.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 12, 1976
Reference number
NR name
Upham, Gov. William H., House
Architectural style
Victorian: Italianate
Areas of significance
Commerce; Politics/Government
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year


19th Century (37,731)
Brick (42,462)
Built 1880 (542)
Built during 1880s (6,471)
House (27,614)
Italianate (5,109)
Marshfield, Wisconsin (14)
Private owner (54,398)
Stone (26,160)
Victorian (19,698)
William H. Upham (1)
Wisconsin (2,619)
Wood County, Wisconsin (29)

Update Log 

  • August 8, 2011: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status