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Term: Davidson, William Fuson ["Commodore"] 1825 - 1887

Definition:

businessman, steamboat line owner, b. South Point, Ohio. In 1845 he began steamboating on the Ohio and Big Sandy rivers. In 1852 his brother, PEYTON S. DAVIDSON (b. South Point, Ohio), joined him, and in 1854 William settled in St. Paul, Minn. At first engaged in local steamboat transportation on the Minnesota River, the brothers became interested (1859) in the Mississippi River trade, and in 1860 obtained a contract to carry local mail between La Crosse and St. Paul. Adding steadily to their fleet of steamers, the Davidsons were soon involved in bitter competition with the Galena packet line (Galena, Dubuque, Dunlieth and Minnesota Packet Company). In 1861 the competition became a three-way battle between the Davidson line (La Crosse and St. Paul Packet Company), the Galena line, and the Northern Line Packet Company. By 1862, when P. S. Davidson settled in La Crosse, the brothers had a large fleet of boats offering complete service between La Crosse and St. Paul, and between St. Anthony and St. Cloud, Minn., with coordinated service on the Chippewa, St. Croix, and Minnesota rivers. They also operated a profitable shipyard in North La Crosse. Effectively utilizing a relay system involving a fleet of boats varying in size and draft, together with privately constructed wing dams, the Davidsons outdistanced competition during the low-water years of 1863 and 1864. In 1866 the Davidson line was consolidated with the Northwestern Packet Company (the old Galena line) as the Northwestern Union Line ("the White Collar Line"). Invading the river trade below Dubuque in 1868, they soon began to compete with the Keokuk Northern Line. In 1873 the two lines were merged as the Keokuk Northwestern Packet Company, with the Davidson interests in the minority. Although the Davidson group gained control of the company in 1875, a legal power struggle continued to consume the profits of the company until 1880 when it went into receivership. In an attempt to utilize their steamboats, the brothers formed twin companies in 1880, headed by Peyton Davidson in La Crosse and William in St. Louis. This venture also proved unprofitable and in 1882 the Davidsons' river interests were demolished when the La Crosse boat store (established in the 1860's, and for several years one of the most profitable businesses in La Crosse) was declared illegal. With the death of William F. Davidson in 1887, Peyton S. disposed of most of the remaining boats and devoted his interests to the lumber industry. In 1899 he moved his lumber mills to Hood River, Ore., where he died. Although W. F. Davidson was never a resident of Wisconsin, he and his brother, Peyton S. Davidson of La Crosse, were among the most important figures in the upper Mississippi Valley during the era of the steamboat boom. They witnessed both its heyday and its decline. La Crosse Republican and Leader, June 29, 1901; St. Paul and Minneapolis Pioneer Press, May 27, 1887; Wis. Mag. Hist., 28; A. H. Sanford, et al., Hist. of La Crosse (La Crosse, 1951); Encyclopedia of Biog. of Minn. (Chicago, 1900); Miss. Valley Historical Review, 6.

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[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

124 records found

Dablon (D'Ablon), Fr. Claude, 1619-1697.
Dafoe, Willem 1955 -
Daggett, Samuel Slater 1812 - 1868
Dahl, Andreas Larsen, 1844-1923
Dahl, Ole Rasmussen, 1817 - 1882
Dahl, Theodor Halvorson 1845 - 1923
Dahle, Herman Bjorn 1855 - 1920
Dailey, Jr., Paul 1915
Dailey, Lt. Col. Dennis B. (1840-1898)
Daland, William Clifton 1860 - 1921
Daly, Tyne 1946 -
Damann, Theodore 1869 - 1946
Damon, Harold E. 1885
Dandeneau, Marcel 1931
Dane, Nathan, 1752-1835.
Danes in Wisconsin
Daniells, William Willard 1840 - 1912
Daniels, Edward 1828 - 1916
Daniels, Newell 1828 - 1904
Dankoler, Harry Edward 1863 - 1955
Darling, Alberta 1944
Darling, Mason C. 1801 - 1866
Darms, John Martin George 1873 - 1946
Davidson, James Henry 1858 - 1918
Davidson, James O. 1854 - 1922
Davidson, John Nelson 1848 - 1945
Davidson, Thomas 1828 - 1895
Davidson, William Fuson ["Commodore"] 1825 - 1887
Davies, John Eugene 1839 - 1900
Davis, Glenn R. 1914 - 1988
Davis, J. Mac 1952
Davis, Jefferson (in Wisconsin)
Davis, John Jefferson 1852 - 1937
Dawes, Col. Rufus R. (1838-1899)
Day, Laurence J. 1913
Day, Roland B. 1919
De Groat, Col. Charles H. (1838-1904)
de Langlade, Charles
De Peyster, Arent Schuyler, 1736 - 1822
De Weerdt, Esther Hurley [Mrs. Ole N.] 1892 - 1953
Dean, Robert W. 1923
Dearholt, Hoyt E. 1879 - 1939
Decker, Russell S. 1953
Decorah family
Decorah, Old, 1746?-1836, Ho-Chunk chief
Decorah, One-Eyed, 1772?-1864, Ho-Chunk chief
Decorah, Spoon, 1730?-1816?, Ho-Chunk chief
Decorah, Waukon, 1780?-1868, Ho-Chunk chief
Deer, Ada, 1935 --
Deering, A.A. 1888
Deininger, David G. 1947
Deitz (Dietz), John F. 1861 - 1924
Dekoven, James 1831 - 1879
Delong, Delmar E. 1931
Delwiche, Edmond Joseph 1874 - 1950
Dempsey, Chester E. 1896
Dempsey, Edward Joseph 1878 - 1956
Densmore, James 1820 - 1889
Derenthal, Oderic Ignaz 1856 - 1934
Derleth, August, 1909 - 1971
Desmond, Humphrey Joseph 1858 - 1932
Dessert, Joseph 1819 - 1910
Deuster, Peter Victor 1831 - 1904
Devitt, James C. 1929
Dewey, Nelson 1813 - 1889
Dicke, Peter Henry 1822 - 1911
Dickson, Robert 1765 - 1823
Dieterich, William Herbert 1897
Dietrichson, Johannes Wilhelm Christian 1815 - 188
Dietz, Carl [Petrius?] 1875 - 1957
Dilweg, Gary T. 1937
Dingee, William W. 1831 - 1919
Dionesopulos, Frank G. 1935
Disciples of Christ in Wisconsin
Dixon, Luther Swift 1825 - 1891
Doar, William Thomas 1882 - 1952
Dobyns, John P. 1944
Dodd, John Morris 1866 - 1950
Dodge, Henry 1782 - 1867
Dodge, Joseph Thompson 1823 - 1904
Dodge, Joshua Eric 1854 - 1921
Doe, Joseph Bodwell 1855 - 1925
Doer, Clifford E. 1920
Doerfler, Christian 1862 - 1934
Doll, William De Berge 1897 - 1945
Domschke, Bernard ["Domschcke","Bernhard"] 1827 -
Donald, John Sweet 1869 - 1934
Donnelly, Davis A. 1927
Donoghue, Sheehan 1943
Donohue, Jerry Jr. 1885 - 1943
Doolittle, James Rood 1815 - 1897
Dorff, Eugene 1930
Dorman, Henry
Dorr, Clifford E. 1920
Doty, James Duane 1799 - 1865
Doud, Reuben G. 1830 - 1877
Doudna, Edgar George 1877 - 1948
Dousman, Hercules Louis 1800 - 1868
Dousman, John Barrickman 1807 - 1868
Downer, Jason 1813 - 1883
Doyle, Jessica Laird, 1945-
Doyle, Jim 1945
Draheim, William A. 1898
Draper, Lyman Copeland 1815 - 1891
Dreyfus, Lee Sherman 1926-2008
Drzewiecki, Gary F. 1954
Dubay [Dube), John Baptiste 1810 - 1887
Dubuque, Julien, 1762-1810
Ducharme, Dominique 1765 - 1853
Dudgeon, Matthew Simpson 1871 - 1949
Dueholm, Robert M. 1945
Duff, Marc C. 1961
Duffey, Thomas J. 1927
Dugdale, Robert Iliff 1868 - 1956
Duggar, Benjamin Minge 1872 - 1956
Duluth [Dulhut], Daniel Greysolon Sieur 1636 - 171
Dunn, Charles 1799 - 1872
Duren, Joanne M. 1931
Durkee, Charles 1805 - 1870
Durward, Bernard Isaac 1817 - 1902
Dutch in Wisconsin
Dutton, Brother Joseph 1843 - 1931
Dwinnell, Soloman Ashley 1812 - 1879
Dykstra, Clarence Addison 1883 - 1950

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