Dictionary of Wisconsin History
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Term: Irish in Wisconsin
Second only to Germans, close to 4.5 million Irish settled in the U.S. between 1830 and 1920. The main Irish influx in Wisconsin occurred between 1840 and 1860 and they were the largest English-speaking group to settle in the state. Unlike other immigrant groups, the Irish did not move immediately westward after arriving in the U.S.: the average Irish immigrant had spent seven years in the U.S. before moving to Wisconsin. In 1860, the Wisconsin's Irish population numbered 49,961; 41,907 in 1880; and 23, 544 in 1900. Irish immigrants were more likely than other groups to move from county to county and from state to state in search of available land for farming. The great immigration of Germans after 1860 also led the Irish to leave Wisconsin as German immigrants were more willing to endure the hardships of clearing land for farming. Many Irish worked in the lead region both in the mines and in support industries such as lumbering, smelting, and rail construction. Others settled in the southeastern counties and in the city of Milwaukee. In 1850, 4,350 Irish lived in Milwaukee, primarily in the Third Ward, working as laborers, domestics, and artisans. The Third Ward lost most of its Irish inhabitants after a fire in 1892.
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[Source: Wisconsin's Cultural Resources Study Units, Wisconsin Historical Society]
18 records found
Icelanders in Wisconsin
Ihde, Herman 1877 - 1943
Ilsley, Charles Ferdinand 1827 - 1904
Inama, Adelbert 1798 - 1879
Ingersoll, Chalmers 1838 - 1908
Ingram, Orrin Henry 1830 - 1918
Iometah, Menominee leader, c. 1772-1867
Ireland, Walter J. F. 1923
Irish in Wisconsin
Irvin, David 1794 - 1872
Irvine, Thomas 1841 - 1930
Irvine, William 1851 - 1927
Irving, Roland Duer 1847 - 1888
Irwin, Robert, jr.
Italians in Wisconsin
Iverson, Andreas Michael 1823 - 1907
Iverson, Donald L. 1923