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A Dishonest Democrat and a Radical Republican

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

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Appointment book made of ivory, used by Wisconsin politician and businessman Cassius Fairchild of Madison, WI, during the 1850s. (Museum object #1971.19)

Confederacy President's Experience in Wisconsin

Discover the history of Confederacy president Jefferson Davis in Wisconsin

Historical Essay

Gettysburg, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Learn about Wisconsin's role in one of the most pivotal battles of the Civil War. This article includes links to related images and documents.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, U.S. Marshall, Wisconsin Board of Regents Member

Historical Essay

"Fighting" Bob La Follette

Governor and Progressive

Discover how Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette and the Progressive Movement reformed state government and the Republican Party.

Read about the desperate 1832 battle near Madison, WI, of the starving Sauk, Fox and Kickapoo Native Americans against the British and the Ho-Chunk.

Brief biography of John Plankinton, a meat packer and businessman.

Review the brief biography of John Plankinton, a meat packer and businessman.

Europeans Come to Wisconsin

Discover how Native Americans were removed from their lands in Wisconsin to make room for European immigrants.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Historical Essay

Pierce, Hattie, 1829-1944

Born into slavery, Hattie Pierce lived 115 years and was able to fully experience both life before and after emancipation.

Documented and Legendary Accounts of Lincoln's Visits to Wisconsin

Abraham Lincoln's visits to Wisconsin, documented and legendary.

Historical Essay

Abrahams, Jim 1944 -

Term: Jim Abrahams (1944-) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay

Wilder, Thornton (1897-1975)

Novelist and Playwright

Explore the history of playwrite Thorton Wilder

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Neenah, Wisconsin.

Learn how epidemics erupted in Wisconsin and the ways communities responded

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Historical Essay

Best, Jacob Sr. (1786-1861)

Brewer

Biography of German brewer Jacob Best Sr., founder of the company that became Pabst Brewing.

Discover the story of French traders saved from starvation by Ottawa Indians at the headwaters of the Chippewa River in 1659.

Historical Essay

Civil War: 39th Infantry

Term: Civil War (39th Infantry) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History
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