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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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Schorer, Mark 1908-1977

Novelist, Biographer, Scholar and Teacher

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

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Bascom, John (1827-1911)

Educator, University President and Author

Brief biography of John Bascom, president of the University of Wisconsin from 1874 to 1887.

Professor, Author and Historian

Biography of professor and author Frederick Jackson Turner who shaped American history research

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Carver, Jonathan (1710-1780)

Explorer and Author

Biography of explorer and author Jonathan Carver

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Derleth, August, 1909-1971

Author and Publisher

Biography of author and publisher August Derleth, 1909-1971.

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Niedecker, Lorine, 1903-1970

Fort Atkinson Poet

Biography of Lorine Niedecker, a poet raised in Fort Atkinson.

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Muir, John (1838-1914)

Conservationist, Writer, Explorer

Learn about the conservationist who was instrumental in the creation of Yosemite National Park. This article contains links to several primary sources.

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Catlin, George (1796-1872)

Artist and Author

Biography of author and artist George Catlin, who painted Indians.

Wisconsin Civil War Historian and Author

Read about the man who wrote the most cited book on Wisconsin's involvement in the Civil War. This article includes several links to his work.

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Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975

Learn more about this Madisonian's contribution to the literary community. This article details his Pulitzer prize-winning plays and novels.
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