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Term: Rolette, [Jean] Joseph 1781 - 1842

Definition:

fur trader, pioneer land speculator, b. Quebec, Canada. He was educated at the Jesuit Seminary in Quebec in preparation for the priesthood, but deserted his studies for the fur trade, and by 1805 was in the West. Associating with Scottish traders from Montreal, who combined under various titles to trade in the area, Rolette entered the Upper Mississippi region at a time when the fur trade was highly profitable. He made his home in Prairie du Chien and soon became its wealthiest resident. During the War of 1812, Rolette, like other French-Canadians, aided the British; he participated in the capture of Fort Mackinac in 1812, and in 1814 helped raise Indian recruits for the defense of Prairie du Chien. A colorful and temperamental figure, Rolette was often at odds with other traders, with British officers, and, after 1816, with American commanders at Fort Crawford. In 1811 Rolette and his partners associated with John Jacob Astor to form the short-lived South West Co., and about 1820 he joined Astor's American Fur Co., managing the business at Prairie du Chien until Hercules Dousman (q.v.) arrived in 1826. Rolette had numerous side enterprises; his large canoes afforded convenient carrying service for goods and passengers; in 1830 he joined with James H. Lockwood (q.v.) to rebuild a sawmill in the Chippewa Valley; and he had heavy investments in Prairie du Chien real estate. Rolette was naturalized in 1823, was appointed associate judge of the Crawford County court in 1821, and in 1830 became its chief justice, but was soon removed from this post. Dissipation, mortgage foreclosures by the American Fur Co., and the Panic of 1837 contributed to his ruin, and he died a poor man. Dict. Amer. Biog.; W. H. C. Folsom, 50 Years in the N.W. ([St. Paul] 1888); P. L. Scanlan, Prairie du Chien ([Menasha, Wis.] 1937); WPA MS.

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[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

98 records found

Race, John A. 1914
Radcliffe, John Q. 1920
Radcliffe, Margaret Porter
Radisson, Pierre Esprit 1636 - 1710
Radosevich, Michele G. 1947
Radtke, Randall J. 1951
Rafn, Carl Christian, 1795-1864
Ragueneau, Fr. Paul, 1608-1680
Randall, Clifford Ellsworth 1876 - 1934
Randall, Gov. Alexander W. (1819-1872)
Rankin, Joseph 1833 - 1886
Rankin, Walter Laurie 1841 - 1910
Raskin, Ellen 1928 - 1984
Rasmusen, Holger B. 1894
Read, Sister Joel (Janice) 1926 -
Reaume, Charles 1752 - 1821
Reber, Louis Ehrhart 1858 - 1948
Red Bird, Ho-Chunk chief, 1788 - 1828
Reed, Curtis 1815 - 1895
Reed, George 1807 - 1883
Reed, Harrison 1813 - 1899
Reed, William W. 1825 - 1916
Reese, Oliver William, 1924 - 2005
Reformed Churches in Wisconsin
Reger, Fred C. 1916
Rehnquist, William H., 1924-2005
Reich, Frank Albert 1884 - 1946
Reid, Alexander James 1846 - 1910
Reilly, Michael Kieran 1869 - 1944
Reinsch, Paul Samuel 1869 - 1923
Reuss, Henry S. 1912-2002
Rexford, Eben Eugene 1848 - 1916
Reymert, James De Noon 1821 - 1896
Reynolds, Edwin 1831 - 1909
Reynolds, John W. 1921
Reynolds, Martin L. 1950
Reynolds, Tom 1956
Rhoades, Kitty 1951
Rhode, Paul Peter 1871 - 1945
Rice, Ora R. 1885
Rich, Martin 1835 - 1915
Richards, Harry Sanger 1868 - 1929
Richards, Jon 1963
Richardson, Robert Kimball 1876 - 1952
Riddles, Libby (born 1956)
Riehle, Ben A. 1897
Rigaud de Vaudreuil de Cavagnial, Pierre de, Marqu
Rigaud de Vaudreuil, Philippe de, Marquis de Vaudr
Riley, Antonio R. 1963
Rincker, Leroy Carl 1896 - 1953
Rindisbacher, Peter 1806 - 1834
Ringling [Rungeling], Albert 1852 - 1916
Risser, Fred 1927
Roberts, Virgil 1922
Robertson, Alan S. 1941
Robinson, Charles D. 1822 - 1886
Robinson, John H. 1955
Robinson, Robert P. 1884 - 1953
Robson, Judith Biros
Roessler, Carol A. 1948
Roethe, Henry Edgar 1866 - 1939
Rogers, William J. 1930
Roggensack, Patience Drake 1940
Rohan, Sue 1952
Rohl, Edwin C. 1908
Rohner, Henry 1919
Rolette, [Jean] Joseph 1781 - 1842
Rolle, Dale J. 1923
Rolle, Everett E. 1919
Romell, Louis C. 1899
Rooney, James F. 1935
Root, Eleazer 1802 - 1887
Rose, David Stuart 1856 - 1932
Roseleip, Gordon W. 1912
Rosenzweig, Peggy A. 1936
Roshell, Marvin J. 1932
Ross, Edward Allsworth 1866 - 1951
Ross, John Donald 1841 - 1917
Ross, William 1888 - 1951
Roth, Toby 1938
Rothwell, Angus B. 1905
Rountree, John Hawkins 1805 - 1890
Rubin, Ben 1887 - 1942
Rublee, Horace 1829 - 1896
Rude, Brian D. 1955
Rueping [Ruping], William ["Heinrich","Wilhelm"] 1
Ruger, Gen. Thomas H. (1833-1907)
Rusk, Gov. Jeremiah M. (1830-1893)
Russell, Harry Luman 1866 - 1954
Russians in Wisconsin
Rusy, Benjamin Franklin 1894 - 1953
Rutkowski, James A. 1942
Ryan, Edward George 1810 - 1880
Ryan, Mark W. 1924
Ryan, Paul 1970
Ryan, Samuel [Jr.] 1824 - 1907
Ryba, John Joseph 1929
Ryczek, Ervin John 1909

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