William "Will" Coles Bashford - Fire Chief


Unknown Unknown 1350-0164-0002(Oversize).jpg Prescott Volunteer Fire Department Collection, MS-59 B&W 1350-0164-0002(Oversize) 1350-0164-0002(Oversize) Print 16x20+ Manuscript Collections c. 1886 Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives


Photograph of Prescott Fire Department Chief William "Will" Coles Bashford.

In 1863, former governor of Wisconsin William Coles Bashford moved to the Arizona Territory. Bashford was soon appointed its first Attorney General by Governor Goodwin, serving from 1864 until 1866. Bashford was also the first lawyer admitted to practice in the Arizona Territorial Court. After the Territory's capital moved from Prescott, Bashford ran the Bashford Mercantile Store. He resigned in 1876 to stay close to his business interests. Bashford died in Prescott in 1878. Source: Governors of Wisconsin. Geneology Trails.


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