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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

Barbee, Lloyd A. (1925-2003)

Civil Rights Advocate and Legislator

Biography of Lloyd A. Barbee, Milwaukee civil rights advocate and legislator.

Historical Essay

Niedecker, Lorine, 1903-1970

Fort Atkinson Poet

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

Historical Essay

Oshkosh, Chief (1795-1858)

Chief of the Menominee Indians

Biography of Menominee Indian chief Oshkosh.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer

Read about this ardent abolitionist who rose from company captain to brigadier general.

French Exploration of the North American Interior

Find out about the two French explorers that traversed the Wisconsin countryside in 1673. This artcile details their exploration of the Mississippi.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Authtor, Attorney, State Senator

Teacher, Newspaperman and Politician

Biography of teacher, newspaperman and politician Albert Gallatin Ellis.

Historical Essay

James, Ada Lois (1876-1952)

Suffragist, Social Worker and Reformer

Biography of suffragist, social worker and reformer Ada Lois James.

Historical Essay

Bashford, Coles (1816-1878)

Lawyer, Politician and Governor

Discover the history of Wisconsin governor Bashford Coles.

Pioneer in Home Economics

This woman served as the first female professor at Kansas State Agricultural College. Read about her role as state leader of the Home Economics Extension.
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