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Sheriff Biographies

William J. Dyer 1895 - 1896

William J. Dyer was born in Ellenboro Township on August 10, 1846, the son of Abner and Rebecca (Walker) Dyer and was reared to the occupation of farming. He enjoyed the distinction of being a pioneer horseman of Southwestern Wisconsin. He brought to the area, Mambrino Swigard, the first Standard Bred Stallion owned in Grant County. For many years Mr. Dyer engaged in farming exclusively, but in 1895, he was elected sheriff of Grant County after having served for 4 years as a deputy sheriff. In his bio that was located at the sheriff’s department and written by an admirer or family member it states that “in all its (Grant County) history it has never had a more efficient official”. “For eight years his name in Grant County was a terror to evil doers, while it was a source of confidence to the upright”

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