KÜSTERMANN, Gustav, (1850 - 1919)


”Wisconsin Representatives in Congress” (detail), 1907, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

KÜSTERMANN, Gustav, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Detmold, Germany, May 24, 1850; attended the academy of his native city (Gymnasium Leopoldinum) and was graduated in 1864; employed in a wholesale dry-goods establishment in Hamburg, Germany, until 1868, when he immigrated to the United States and settled in Green Bay, Brown County, Wis.; engaged in mercantile pursuits; held various public offices; postmaster of Green Bay 1892-1896; member of the State board of control and its president 1904-1907; elected as a Republican to the Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1911); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress; engaged in literary work in Green Bay, Wis., and died there December 25, 1919; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.