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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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Newspaperman, Politician and Inventor

Biography of newspaperman, a politician and typewriter inventor Christopher Latham Sholes.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Wisconsin Governor

Brief biography of Gov. Louis P. Harvey, helped organize the Republican Party in 1854, state senator from 1854-1857 and in 1862 became governor.

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

Historical Essay

Schorer, Mark 1908-1977

Novelist, Biographer, Scholar and Teacher

Biography of novelist, biographer, scholar and teacher Mark Schorer.

Read this informative article about the life of the Wisconsin born author, most famous for the children's book series Little House on the Prairie.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Politician, Sheriff

Interpreter

Biography of interpreter Benjamin Green Armstrong who helped reverse the Indian removal order of 1849.

Historical Essay

Derleth, August, 1909-1971

Author and Publisher

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

Historical Essay

Chapelle, Dickey, 1919-1965

Female War Correspondent

Read about the Wisconsin born photojournalist who was one of the first female war correspondents. This article contains a link containing her photography.

Pitcher

Learn about Warren Spahn, who pitched for the Milwaukee Braves from 1953 to 1964.
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