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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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Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Lumber Mill Owner, Founded the Town of Somerset

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Lawyer

Read about Dennis Daily and his remarkable bravery during the Battles of Weldon Road and White Oak Road in Virginia during the Civil War

Historical Essay

Muir, John (1838-1914)

Conservationist, Writer, Explorer

Learn about the conservationist who was instrumental in the creation of Yosemite National Park. This article contains links to several primary sources.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Politician, Sheriff

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Medal of Honor Recipient

Read about this Wisconsin born Lieutenant's bravery during the Battle of Gettysburg. This article contains links to secondary sources and pictures.

Last Known Female Ho-Chunk Chief

Read an account of the success and legacy of the last known Ho-Chunk female chief and her children.

Menominee War Chief

Learn about the leadership of this Menominee War Chief and his negotiations with the U.S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

Brief biography of Cyrus Hall McCormick

Read the brief biography of Cyrus Hall McCormick.

Learn how Frank Zeidler propelled social, economic and structural improvements in Milwaukee as America's last Socialist Mayor in 1948 - 1960.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Lawyer, Politician

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