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Wisconsin History Essays

Learn something new about the past and gain a deeper understanding of your world. Hundreds of essays tell the stories of the people, places and events that are Wisconsin history.

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Wisconsin's First Election

Here is the story of Wisconsin's first elections.

Read about how Madison was chosen the capitol city during the first Wisconsin territorial convention

Historical Essay

How Madison Became a City

Madison went from a small village in 1836 to being organized and governed as a city in 20 years time

Learn about the election that was so close that Wisconsin briefly had two governors until one was exposed for tampering with ballots.
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