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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

Kemper, Jackson 1789-1870

Episcopal Missionary

Discover the history of pioneer Protestant Episcopal churchman and missionary Jackson Kemper, who established Nashotah House and Racine College

Historical Essay

Vieau, Jacques (1757-1852)

Fur Trader

Biography of pioneer fur trader Jacques Vieau.

Historical Essay

Doty, James Duane, 1799-1865

Read a biographical account of the governor of the Wisconsin territory who was largely responsible for the selection of Madison as Wisconsin's capital.

Lumberman, Resort Operator and Humorist

Biography of Eugene Shepard, whose "Hodag" monster hoax made Oneida County a tourist attraction.

Newspaperman, Politician and Inventor

Biography of newspaperman, a politician and typewriter inventor Christopher Latham Sholes.

Historical Essay

Williams, Eleazer 1788-1858

Canadian Clergyman, Missionary and Con Artist

Biography of Eleazer Williams, a Canadian clergyman and missionary who claimed to be the French Lost Dauphin.

Historical Essay

Marin, Paul, 1692-1753

French Official, Captain and Fur Trader

Biography of French Official, Captain and Fur Trader Paul Marin.

Teacher, Newspaperman and Politician

Biography of teacher, newspaperman and politician Albert Gallatin Ellis.

Jesuit Missionary

Read about the Jesuit priest who established several missions in Wisconsin during the 17th century.

Historical Essay

Reaume, Charles 1752-1821

Judge

Brief biography of legendary judge Charles Reaume.
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