The Sunday Inter-Ocean (Chicago, IL), September 29, 1889
The Sunday Inter-Ocean (Chicago, IL), September 29, 1889

Wiley Smith Scribner (September 6, 1840 – September 28, 1889)[1][2] was an American politician and acting governor of Montana Territory from 1869 to 1870.[3]

Born in Jacksonville, Illinois,[4] Scribner grew up in Fair Play, Grant County, Wisconsin,[4] where he became postmaster and was a merchant. He later studied law and was admitted to the bar. A Republican, Scribner served in the 16th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the American Civil War.[4] In 1866, he was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly.[4] He later moved to Montana Territory, where he became a newspaper editor for the Helena Herald and eventually became territorial secretary.[4] From 1869 to 1870 he was the territory's acting governor.[4] He married Mary L. Reynolds in 1870.[4] In 1872 he returned to Wisconsin, and then in 1873 he moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he practiced law and became clerk of the probate court.[4] In 1884, Scribner was elected recorder of deeds for Cook County, Illinois serving until his death.[5][6][7]

Scribner died in Chicago on September 29, 1889.[4] He was buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison, Wisconsin.


  1. ^ "Chicago Daily News," (1872-1963), September 29, 1889, pg. 11
  2. ^ 'Proceedings of the Illinois State Bar Association, Volume 13, Part 1890, pg. 34
  3. ^ Data base
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Recorder Scribner Dead". The Inter Ocean. September 29, 1889. p. 11. Retrieved October 19, 2017 – via open access
  5. ^ History of Chicago, vol. 3, Alfred Theodore Andreas, 1886, p. 247
  6. ^ Obituaries of Early Settlers
  7. ^ 'Official Proceedings of the Board of Commissioners of Cook County, Illinois.' Cook County, Illinois Board of Commissioners; 1889, Official Proceedings, Board of Commissioners, Cook County, Illinois, Monday September 29, 1889, The Honorable Wiley Scribner, pp. 703–704