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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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Professor, University President, Geologist and Author

Discover the history of professor, university president, geologist and author, Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, who establishing the university extension.

Civil War Philanthropist, Wisconsin First Lady, Nurse, and Teacher

A brief biography of Wisconsin’s Florence Nightingale, Cordelia Harvey who was a strong voice for innovatring Civil War Military hospitals.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer

Documented and Legendary Accounts of Lincoln's Visits to Wisconsin

Abraham Lincoln's visits to Wisconsin, documented and legendary.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Wisconsin Governor

Brief biography of Gov. Louis P. Harvey, helped organize the Republican Party in 1854, state senator from 1854-1857 and in 1862 became governor.

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.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Newspaper Editor, Philanthropist

Historical Essay

Niedecker, Lorine, 1903-1970

Fort Atkinson Poet

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

Chief of the Sauk Indians

Biography of Indian war chief Black Hawk
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