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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 the sad story of the naturally-conceived set of quintuplets, born in Watertown, believed to be the first set of quints in the US.

Get to know Isaac P. Walker, the first Wisconsin resident to be a presidential candidate contender in 1850.

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Epidemic Anniversary

Read this informative collection of all the outbreaks and epidemics in Wisconsin's history.

The first and only manifestation The Virgin Mary in the United States confirmed by Vatican officials happened near Green Bay.

Discover Belle Boyd, the celebrity Civil War spy who died while performing in The Wisconsin Dells.

Discover how two Ojibwe chiefs traveled to Washington DC and negotiated with then-President Millard Fillmore to keep rights to their land.

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The Crowning of King James

Early Mormon leader James J. Strang declares himself successor to Joseph Smith, relocates followers to Burlington, WI, and has himself crowned "king."

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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

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Madison's Fur Traders

The first white residents of Madison were fur traders Wallace Rowan, Olivier Ammel, and Michel St. Cyr.
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