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Term: Dodge, Henry 1782 - 1867

Definition:

Henry Dodge in 1834, by George Catlin (WHi-27177)

frontiersman, soldier, politician, territorial governor, U.S. Senator, b. Vincennes, Ind. He spent his boyhood in Kentucky. In 1796 he moved westward with his family to the present Ste. Genevieve, Mo., where he engaged in lead mining, farming, and trading. In 1806 he made an effort to join the abortive Aaron Burr expedition to the Southwest, but turned back upon hearing of Burr's arrest. He served as sheriff of Ste. Genevieve County (1805-1821). During the War of 1812 he served with the Missouri militia, and rose to the rank of brigadier general. In 1827 he moved with his family of 9 children and his slaves to the lead-mining region of the Upper Mississippi. He settled first at Galena, Ill., and then on the lands of the Winnebago Indians, near Dodgeville. Quickly rising to leadership on the rough mining frontier, he took the initiative in pressing the miners' claims to the land against both the Indians and the federal government. He gained prominence during the Black Hawk War in 1832, when, as Colonel of the Iowa County militia, his leadership and tactics turned the tide against the retreating Sauk and Fox Indians. From 1833 to 1836 he commanded a contingent of U.S. dragoons to protect the U.S. frontier against the Indians, and made several expeditions to the western plains. Dodge was interested in territorial politics from his arrival in the area, and, with the solid support of the lead-mining Democracy of southwestern Wisconsin and the aid of interested Missouri Democrats, he was able to secure the appointment as first territorial governor in 1836. During his first term, the problem of locating a permanent site for the capital of Wisconsin dominated all other issues. Dodge's temporary location at Belmont was rejected in favor of Madison. The decision was largely the result of the smooth political maneuvering of Dodge's primary antagonist in Wisconsin politics, James D. Doty (q.v.). Although reappointed governor in 1839, he was removed from office when the Whigs came to power in 1841. But in the same year he was elected territorial delegate to Congress. In 1845, with the Democrats back in power, Dodge again became territorial governor. In 1848, when Wisconsin became a state, he was elected U.S. Senator, and in 1851 was re-elected to a full term. His senatorial career was not particularly impressive; largely, it reflected the twilight years of the Democratic party's power in Wisconsin. In 1857 he retired from public life and moved to Burlington, Ia. Dict. Amer. Biog.; L. Pelzer, H. Dodge (Iowa City, 1911); J. Schafer, Wis. Lead Region (Madison, 1932); WPA MS.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Henry Dodge Miscellany for details.

View newspaper clippings at Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

216 records found

Dodgeville Rangers (Civil War)
Alderley, Dodge Co.
Allen, Col. Thomas S. (1825-1905)
Ashippun, Dodge Co.
Ashippun, Town of, Dodge Co.
Astico, Dodge Co.
Atwater, Dodge Co.
Auto Race-Green Bay to Madison (HIstoric Marker Er
Baird, Henry Samuel 1800 - 1875
Barber, Lucius Israel 1806 - 1889
Battle of Wisconsin Heights (Historic Marker Erect
Bay View Rolling Mill (Historic Marker Erected 198
Bean, Jacob Linsley 1809 - 1855
Beaver Dam [brief history]
Beaver Dam, Dodge Co.
Beaver Dam, Town of, Dodge Co.
Beaver Edge, Dodge Co.
Belmont (capitol)
Belmont, Village of, Lafayette Co.
Belmont-Wisconsin Territory (Historic Marker Erect
Berigan, Bernard R. "Bunny" (1908-1942)(Historic M
Bertram, Col. Henry (1825-1878)
Bird, Augustus A. 1802 - 1870
Black Hawk War (1832)
Black Hawk War Encampment (Historic Marker Erected
Blanchard, Alvin 1830 - 1910
Blue Mounds (geology)
Brandel, Mary Margaret (1907 - 1993)
brick (architecture)
Brownsville, Dodge Co.
Brownsville, Village of, Dodge Co.
Buckhorn Corner, Dodge Co.
Buffington, Byron A. 1852 - 1929
Burnett [origin of place name]
Burnett, Dodge Co.
Burnett, Town of, Dodge Co.
Calamus, Town of, Dodge Co.
Catlin, George 1796 - 1872
Chester, Town of, Dodge Co.
Clark, Satterlee [Jr.?] 1816 - 1881
Clausen, Frederick Harold 1875 - 1944
Clyman Junction, Dodge Co.
Clyman, Dodge Co.
Clyman, Town of, Dodge Co.
Clyman, Village of, Dodge Co.
Columbia County [origin of place name]
concrete (architecture)
Crocker, Hans 1815 - 1889
Cyrak, Mel J. 1936
Dane County [origin of place name]
Danville, Dodge Co.
Delbern Acres, Dodge Co.
Dicke, Peter Henry 1822 - 1911
Dodge Center [origin of place name]
Dodge County Guard (Civil War)
Dodge County [origin of place name]
Dodge's branch (stream)
Dodge's Grove and Fort Union (Historic Marker Erec
Dodge, Henry 1782 - 1867
Dodge, Joseph Thompson 1823 - 1904
Dodge, Joshua Eric 1854 - 1921
Dodge, Town of, Dodge Co.
Dodge, Town of, Trempealeau Co.
Dodge, Trempealeau Co.
Dodge, Trempealeau Co. [origin of place name]
Dodgeville Guards (Civil War)
Dodgeville [brief history]
Dodgeville [origin of place name]
Dodgeville, Iowa Co.
Dodgeville, Town of, Iowa Co.
Doty, James Duane 1799 - 1865
East Waupun, Dodge Co.
Elba, Town of, Dodge Co.
Emmet, Town of, Dodge Co.
Fairfield, Town of, Dodge Co.
Farmersville, Dodge Co.
Fitzgerald, Jeff 1966
Fitzgerald, Scott L. 1963
Fond du Lac County [origin of place name]
Fort Blue Mounds
Fowler, Chester Almeron 1862 - 1948
Fox Lake (body of water), Dodge Co.
Fox Lake Junction, Dodge Co.
Fox Lake, Town of, Dodge Co.
Fox Lake, village, Dodge Co.
Freese, Stephen J. 1960
Frost, William Dodge 1867 - 1957
Goetsch, Robert G. 1933
governors
Greek revival (architecture)
half-timber (architecture)
Helena, Iowa Co.
hemp
Henry, William 1794 - 1853
Herman Center, Dodge Co.
Herman, Town of, Dodge Co.
Historic Mineral Point (Historic Marker Erected 19
Hoard, William Dempster 1836 - 1918
Hochheim, Dodge Co.
Horicon Marsh, or Lake
Horicon, Dodge Co.
Hubbard, Town of, Dodge Co.
Huilsburg, Dodge Co.
Husting, Paul Oscar Adolph 1866 - 1917
Hustisford, Dodge Co.
Hustisford, Town of, Dodge Co.
Hustisford, Village of, Dodge Co.
Indian Lake Passage (Historic Marker Erected 1997)
Iowa County Courthouse (Historic Marker Erected 19
Iron Mining in Wisconsin (Historic Marker Erected
Iron Ridge, Dodge Co.
Iron Ridge, Village of, Dodge Co.
Jefferson County [origin of place name]
Jones, George Wallace 1804 - 1896
Juneau County [origin of place name]
Juneau, Dodge Co.
Juneau, Town of, Dodge Co.
Kading, Charles August 1874 - 1956
Kekoskee, Dodge Co.
Kekoskee, Village of, Dodge Co.
Knaggs Ferry (Historic Marker Erected 1955)
Knowles, Dodge Co.
Lamoreux, Silas Wright 1843 - 1909
Lebanon, Dodge Co.
Lebanon, Town of, Dodge Co.
Leipsig, Dodge Co.
LeRoy, Dodge Co.
Leroy, Town of, Dodge Co.
Lomira, Dodge Co.
Lomira, Town of, Dodge Co.
Lomira, Village of, Dodge Co.
Lost Lake, Dodge Co.
Lowell, Dodge Co.
Lowell, Town of, Dodge Co.
Lowell, Village of, Dodge Co.
Luckhardt, Esther Doughty
Lyndon Dale, Dodge Co.
Marquette County [origin of place name]
Mayville, Dodge Co.
Minnesota Junction, Dodge Co.
Morrison, Kathryn 1942
Nasbro, Dodge Co.
Neda, Dodge Co.
Neosho, Dodge Co.
Neosho, Village of, Dodge Co.
Nicholson, Kenneth 1901
Nitschke, Elmer C. 1911
Noonan, Josiah A. 1813 - 1882
North Lowell, Dodge Co.
Oak Grove [origin of place name]
Oak Grove, Dodge Co.
Oak Grove, Town of, Dodge Co.
Old Ashippun, Dodge Co.
Old Lebanon, Dodge Co.
Old Military Road (Historic Marker Erected 1955)
Panzer, Frank E. 1890
Paquette, Pierre 1799? - 1836
Pecatonica River, Green Co. [origin of place name]
Portland, Town of, Dodge Co.
Randolph, Village of, Dodge Co.
Raymond [origin of place name]
Reeseville, Dodge Co.
Reeseville, Village of, Dodge Co.
Reid, Alexander James 1846 - 1910
Rich, Martin 1835 - 1915
Richwood, Dodge Co.
Rock River
Rolling Prairie, Dodge Co.
Ross, Edward Allsworth 1866 - 1951
Rubicon River, Dodge Co.
Rubicon, Dodge Co.
Rubicon, Town of, Dodge Co.
Sauerhering, Edward 1864 - 1924
Saylesville, Dodge Co.
Sherman, Benjamin Franklin 1836 - 1915
Shields, Town of, Dodge Co.
slavery in Wisconsin
Sloan, Andrew Scott 1820 - 1895
Smith, William Rudolph 1787 - 1868
Soldiers Grove Origins (Historic Marker Erected 19
South Beaver Dam, Dodge Co.
South Randolph, Dodge Co.
Sugar Island, Dodge Co.
Sunset Beach, Dodge Co.
territorial governor
The Solomon Juneau House (Historic Marker Erected
Theresa Station, Dodge Co.
Theresa [origin of place name]
Theresa, Dodge Co.
Theresa, Town of, Dodge Co.
Theresa, Village of, Dodge Co.
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1784-1835
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1836-1899
Trail Discovery (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
Treaty of the Cedars (Historic Marker Erected 1958
Trenton, Town of, Dodge Co.
Vinje, Aad John 1857 - 1929
Washington County [origin of place name]
Watertown [brief history]
Watertown [origin of place name]
Watertown, Jefferson Co.
Waukesha County [origin of place name]
Waupun [brief history]
Waupun, Fond du Lac Co.
Waushara, Town of, Dodge Co.
Waushara, Town of, Waushara Co.
Welsh in Wisconsin
Westford, Town of, Dodge Co.
Williamstown, Town of, Dodge Co.
Wisconsin (oldest cities and towns)
Wisconsin Territory (Historic Marker Erected 1964)
Wisconsin's First Iron Smelter (Historic Marker Er
Woodland, Dodge Co.
World War II (Historic Marker Erected 1991)
York, Dwight A. 1939
Youmans, Theodora Winton, 1863 - 1932

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