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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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Governor

Discover the history of Wisconsin's 22nd governor Francis Edward McGovern

Historical Essay

Scott, Walter E. 1911-1983

Conservationist, Preservationist and Writer

Discover the history of conservationist, preservationist and writer Walter E. Scott.

Civil War veteran and Trappist Monk

Learn about the lay brother from Wisconsin who worked at Damien's colony of exiled native Hawaiian lepers.

Agricultural Innovator

Biography of Racine-based Jerome Increase Case, one of the leaders in the agricultural revolution.

Read a short biography about this U.S. Senator famous for his penny-pinching attitude toward government spending and his courage in taking unpopular stands

Farmer, Defender of Cameron Dam

Discover the story of the farmer who defended Cameron Dam

Historical Essay

Paul, Les, 1915-2009

Legendary Guitarist and Electronics Innovator

Learn about Les Paul, pioneer of the solid-body guitar and innovator in recording techniques.

Businessman and Historical Society President

Biography of Wisconsin businessman and president of the Wisconsin Historical Society David Clark Everest.

Missionary and Clergyman

Biography of Richard Fish Cadle, Episcopal clergyman and missionary who established many Wisconsin parishes.

Historical Essay

Anneke, Fritz (1818-1872)

Journalist, Revolutionary and Union Army Officer

Biography of journalist, German revolutionary and Union army artillery officer Fritz Anneke.
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