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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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Nolen, John, 1869-1937

Urban Planning in Wisconsin

Learn about the man whose vision as an urban planner helped transform the city of Madison, the state park system, and the University of Wisconsin.

Poet and Temperance Advocate

Biography of Wisconsin poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

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Veblen, Thorstein 1857-1929

Author, Economist and Social Critic

Discover the history author, econonmist and social critic Thorstein Veblen.

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Catlin, George (1796-1872)

Artist and Author

Biography of author and artist George Catlin, who painted Indians.

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Derleth, August, 1909-1971

Author and Publisher

Biography of author and publisher August Derleth, 1909-1971.

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Quinney, John W. (1797-1855)

Indian Sachem and Leader

Biography of Stockbridge Indian sachem John Quinney who helped secure full-value payment for their land and organized their removal to Wisconsin.

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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.

Wisconsin Civil War Office, Wisconsin Registrar of Lands

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Scott, Walter E. 1911-1983

Conservationist, Preservationist and Writer

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

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Brunson, Alfred (1793-1882)

Wisconsin's first Methodist Missionary

Biography of Methodist clergyman, lawyer, politician and author Alfred Brunson
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