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Historical Figures in Wisconsin

Learn about the lives of your favorite Wisconsin historical figures, from the famous to infamous, and their contributions to our state's history.

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Historical Essay

Schorer, Mark 1908-1977

Novelist, Biographer, Scholar and Teacher

Biography of novelist, biographer, scholar and teacher Mark Schorer.

Adventurer, Explorer and Real Life Indiana Jones

Biography of Roy Chapman Andrews Jones, noted adventurer, explorer and possible model for the character of Indiana Jones.

Fur Trader and Explorer

Brief biography of M├ędard Chouart des Groseilliers who was a fur trader and explorer.

Historical Essay

Nicolet, Jean 1598-1642

French Explorer

Biography of French explorer Jean Nicolet, believed to be the first European to see Wisconsin.

Legendary Artist

Biography of artist Georgia O'Keeffe.

Historical Essay

Kilbourn, Byron (1801-1870)

Land Speculator and Politician

Brief biography of surveyor, land speculator, railroad promoter and politician Byron Kilbourn, twice elected mayor of Milwaukee.

Lawyer, Politician and Judge

Biography of lawyer, politician and judge Edward George Ryan.

Soldier, Fur Trader and "Father of Wisconsin"

Brief biography of soldier, fur trader and the "Father of Wisconsin," Charles Michel Langlade.

Suffragist and Lecturer

Biography of Jessie Annette Jack Hooper, prominent suffragist in Wisconsin civic reform groups and women's organizations.

Historical Essay

Woodman, Cyrus 1814-1889

Lawyer, Land Agent, Banker and Lumberman

Biography of lawyer, land agent, banker and lumberman Cyrus Woodman.
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