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Term: Langlade, Charles Michel 1729 - 1801


(Note: date of death given in original as "after July 26, 1801.") soldier, fur trader, "Father of Wisconsin," b. Mackinac, Mich. His father, Agustin, was an Indian trader of French extraction and his mother was the sister of the head chief of the Ottawas. He was educated by Jesuit missionaries. A bold, resourceful leader, loved and respected by the Indians, he held military office under the French, English, and American governments. Langlade's relationship to the Ottawas and his great prestige as a soldier were valuable assets when he and his father established a trading post at Green Bay about 1745. In 1755, at the outbreak of the French and Indian War, Langlade led warriors of the western tribes to Fort Duquesne and is credited with a major role in Braddock's defeat. During the war he also fought at Crown Point, Lake Champlain, Fort William Henry, and on the Plains of Abraham. He was made second in command at Mackinac in 1757, surrendered the post to the British in 1761, and transferred his allegiance to them in 1763. When, despite his warnings, Fort Mackinac was surprised during Pontiac's conspiracy, Langlade was able to persuade the Indians to spare many of the survivors of the massacre. About 1764 Langlade moved permanently to Green Bay. By founding and then settling at this post, he established his claim to the title of "Father of Wisconsin." He led Indian reinforcements to the aid of the British during the Revolutionary War and, at the conclusion of the war, returned to Green Bay and resumed his role as the leading personage of the district. Dict. Amer. Biog.; Parkman Club Papers, 1: 205-223 (1896); P. V. Lawson, Bravest of the Brave (Menasha, Wis., 1904); WPA MS.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Charles Michel Monet de Langlade Papers for details.

View Langlade's memoir at Wisconsin Historical Collections.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

78 records found

Ackley, Town of, Langlade Co.
Ainsworth, Town of, Langlade Co.
American Revolution (in Wisconsin)
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Antigo [brief history]
Antigo, Langlade Co.
Antigo, Town of, Langlade Co.
Bavaria, Langlade Co.
Bryant, Langlade Co.
Carpenter, Town of, Langlade Co.
Choate, Langlade Co.
Cleveland, Town of, Langlade Co.
De Langlade (Historic Marker Erected 1955)
de Langlade, Charles
Deerbrook, Langlade Co.
Elcho, Langlade Co.
Elcho, Town of, Langlade Co.
Elmhurst, Langlade Co.
Elton, Langlade Co.
Elton, Town of, Langlade Co.
Estonians in Wisconsin
Evergreen, Town of, Langlade Co.
Fort Duquesne
Four Corners, Langlade Co.
Freeman, Langlade Co.
Gagen, Daniel 1835 - 1908
Gagen, Town of, Langlade Co.
Gray, John R. 1925
Green Bay [brief history]
Grignon, Augustin, 1780-1860.
Grignon, Pierre Sr. 1740 - 1795
Hollister, Langlade Co.
Kaukauna [brief history]
Kempster, Langlade Co.
Kirby, Michael G. 1952
Koepenick, Langlade Co.
Langlade County Forest: Wisconsin's First County F
Langlade [origin of place name]
Langlade, Charles Michel 1729 - 1801
Langlade, Langlade Co.
Langlade, Town of, Langlade Co.
Lily, Langlade Co.
Lily, Town of, Langlade Co.
Lynch, Thomas 1844 - 1898
Markton, Langlade Co.
Neva Corners, Langlade Co.
Neva, Langlade Co.
Neva, Town of, Langlade Co.
Norwood, Town of, Langlade Co.
Old Military Road (Historic Marker Erected 1961)
Ormsby, Langlade Co.
Ourada, Thomas D. 1958
Parrish, Langlade Co.
Parrish, Town of, Langlade Co.
Pearson, Langlade Co.
Peck, Town of, Langlade Co.
Pelican, Town of, Forest Co.
Phlox, Langlade Co.
Pickerel, Langlade Co.
Polar, Langlade Co.
Polar, Town of, Langlade Co.
Post Lake, Langlade Co.
Price, Town of, Langlade Co.
Rolling, Town of, Langlade Co.
Sherry Junction, Langlade Co.
slavery in Wisconsin
Souligny, 18th-c. French trader
Spring Brook, Town of, Langlade Co.
Summit Lake, Langlade Co.
Summit, Town of, Langlade Co.
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1750-1783
Upham, Town of, Langlade Co.
Vilas, Town of, Langlade Co.
Waukau, Sarah 1947
White Lake, Langlade Co.
White Lake, Village of, Langlade Co.
Wolf River, Town of, Langlade Co.
Wolf River, Town of, Langlade Co.

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