Northrop, Marshall A.

Born: 1827-07-16 Tully, New York

Died: 1864-10-06 Beloit, Wisconsin

Flourished: Beloit, Wisconsin

Alternate name: Northrup

Marshall A. Northr0p was a lawyer, county government official, businessman, and U.S. Army officer. Northrop lived in his native Tully, New York until the age of nineteen, when he moved with his parents to the Wisconsin Territory. Choosing the law as his profession, Northrop returned to New York to read law at the State Normal Law School in Poughkeepsie. Graduating in 1854, he returned to Wisconsin, settling in Beloit, where he opened a law practice. In addition to his law practice, Northrop won election as police magistrate, and he also served on the Beloit City Council. From 1858 to 1860, Northrop represented Beloit’s Fourth Ward on the Rock County Board of Supervisors. Northrop’s law practice proved lucrative, and by 1860, he owned $121,000 in real property and had a personal estate of $4,835. Upon commencement of the Civil War, Northrop helped raise a company of the Sixth Wisconsin Infantry Regiment. Soldiers in what became Company G elected Northrop captain of the company. Northrop led Company G to Virginia, but resigned his commission in October 1861 due to ill health. Returning to Beloit, he became president of the Home Insurance Company, a position he held upon this death.

Northrop married Dorlesca Snyder, with whom he had five children.

Portrait and Biographical Album of Rock County, Wisconsin (Chicago: Acme, 1889), 404; The History of Rock County, Wisconsin (Chicago: Western Historical, 1879), 367-68; Rufus R. Dawes, Service with the Sixth Wisconsin Volunteers (Marietta, OH: E. R. Alderman & Sons, 1890), 13, 25; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Beloit, Rock County, WI, 142; Gravestone, Oakwood Cemetery, Beloit, WI.