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Term: Noonan, Josiah A. 1813 - 1882


newspaperman, politician, b. Amsterdam, N.Y. He learned the printer's trade and worked on various papers in New York. In 1836 he moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he engaged in a brief newspaper venture and became interested in a speculating company that was promoting a town on the northwest shore of Lake Mendota as the site of the new capital of Wisconsin Territory. In 1836 he moved to Milwaukee where he worked briefly as a contributor to the Milwaukee Advertiser. After engaging in an unsuccessful wildcat bank venture in Niles, Mich., in the winter of 1837-1838, he returned to Wisconsin and settled in Madison where he founded the Wisconsin Enquirer, the first newspaper at the new capital. At first attempting impartiality, the paper soon became staunchly Democratic. In 1839 Noonan took C. C. Sholes (q.v.) as a partner, and in 1840 sold the Enquirer to Sholes and moved to Milwaukee. In 1841 he purchased the Milwaukee Advertiser, changed the name to Courier, and during the time that he was publisher (1841-1845) made the paper into one of the most outspoken Democratic organs in the state. He was postmaster of Milwaukee (1843-1849, 1853-1857), and was responsible for making this office a powerful political force. In 1851 Noonan successfully managed the senatorial campaign of Henry Dodge (q.v.), and was for several years recognized as perhaps the principal Democratic "boss" in Wisconsin. Despite the waning influence of the aging Dodge, Noonan continued to support him in the 1850's. In 1857 Dodge was unable to secure Noonan's reappointment as postmaster, and Noonan's major political importance came to an end. He then engaged in a paper business and type foundry in Milwaukee and in 1872 or 1873 moved to Chicago, where he was one of the editors of Industrial Age (1873-1879). In 1880 his health failed and he returned to Wisconsin. One of the most colorful figures in Wisconsin politics, Noonan was for many years in the center of nearly every political controversy in the state, and was the target for most of the political attacks on the Democratic party. His own approach to politics was personal and vituperative, and he was known for the hatred and vigor with which he attacked his enemies. During his career he was involved in numerous law suits. The litigation over water-power rights between Noonan and John J. Orton lasted over 28 years and was one of the longest legal struggles in the state's history. Milwaukee Evening Wis., Dec. 11, 1882; J. G. Gregory, ed., S.E. Wis. (4 vols., Chicago, 1932); P. F. Legler, "Josiah A. Noonan" [Unpub. M.A. thesis, Univ. of Wis., 1953]; WPA field notes; Colls. State Hist. Soc. Wis., 7 (1876).

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Josiah A. Noonan Papers for details.

View Noonan's recollections of Wisconsin in 1837 at Wisconsin Historical Collections.

View newspaper clippings at Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

340 records found

Nabob [origin of place name]
Nabob, Washington Co.
Nagawicka Lake, Waukesha Co.
Nagawicka [origin of place name]
Nager, Edward 1927
Naleid, Roy E. 1901
Namakagon [origin of place name]
Namakagon, Town of, Bayfield Co.
Namekagon (town and river) [origin of place name]
Namekagon River (Historic Marker Erected 1967)
Namekagon, Bayfield Co.
Namekagon, Town of, Bayfield Co.
Namekagon-Court Oreilles Portage (Historic Marker
Namur, Door Co.
Nancy, Town of, Washburn Co.
nanicular (farming)
naphtha (maritime)
Naples, Town of, Buffalo Co.
narrow gauge (railroads)
Narrows Creek, Sauk Co.
Nasbro, Dodge Co.
Nasewaupee [origin of place name]
Nasewaupee, Town of, Door Co.
Nash, Charles Dennis 1819 - 1897
Nash, Charles W. 1864 - 1948
Nash, Philleo 1909
Nash, William Francis 1847 - 1916
Nashotah (Town) [origin of place name]
Nashotah House
Nashotah Lakes, Waukesha Co.
Nashotah Mission (Historic Marker Erected 1968)
Nashotah, Village of, Waukesha Co.
Nashotah, Waukesha Co.
Nashville, Forest Co.
Nashville, Town of, Forest Co.
Nasonville [origin of place name]
Nasonville, Wood Co.
Nass, Stephen L. 1952
Nation's First Cooperative Generating Station (His
Nation's First Watershed Project (Historic Marker
National Soldiers' Home (Historic Marker Erected 1
National Soldiers' Home (Milwaukee)
National Women's Party
Nattestad, Ole Knudsen 1807 - 1886
Natural Bridge, Richland Co.
Naugart, Marathon Co.
Navarino, Brown Co.
Navarino, Town of, Brown Co.
Nebagamon, Town of, Douglas Co.
Necedah [origin of place name]
Necedah, Juneau Co.
Necedah, Town of, Juneau Co.
Necedah, Village of, Juneau Co.
Neda, Dodge Co.
Neenah Guards (Civil War)
Neenah Rifles (Civil War)
Neenah River
Neenah [brief history]
Neenah [origin of place name]
Neenah, Town of, Winnebago Co.
Neenah, Winnebago Co.
Neillsville [origin of place name]
Neillsville, Clark Co.
Nekimi [origin of place name]
Nekimi, Town of, Winnebago Co.
Nekoosa Junction, Wood Co.
Nekoosa [origin of place name]
Nekoosa, Wood Co.
Nelma, Forest Co.
Nelsen, Betty Jo 1935
Nelson Dewey-First Governor of Wisconsin (Historic
Nelson [origin of place name]
Nelson, Adolphys Peter 1872 - 1927
Nelson, Buffalo Co.
Nelson, Gaylord A. 1916-2005
Nelson, George Bliss 1876 - 1943
Nelson, John Mandt 1870 - 1955
Nelson, Town of, Buffalo Co.
Nelson, Village of, Buffalo Co.
Nelsonville (historical), Eau Claire Co.
Nelsonville, Portage Co.
Nelsonville, Village of, Portage Co.
Nemadji River [origin of place name]
Nemahbin Lakes
Nemahbin, Town of, Milwaukee Co.
Nemodji, Town of, Douglas Co.
Nenno, Washington Co.
Neoclassical Revival (architecture)
Neopit, Menominee Co.
Neopit, Menominee leader, ?-1913
Neopope, Sauk warrior, dates unverified
Neosho [origin of place name]
Neosho, Dodge Co.
Neosho, Village of, Dodge Co.
Nepeuskun, Town of, Winnebago Co.
Neptune, Richland Co.
Nerike, Pierce Co.
Neshkoro [origin of place name]
Neshkoro, Marquette Co.
Neshkoro, Town of, Marquette Co.
Neshkoro, Village of, Marquette Co.
Neshonoc [origin of place name]
Neshonoc, Town of, La Crosse Co.
Neshoto, Manitowoc Co. [origin of place name]
net tonnage (maritime)
Neubauer, Jeffrey A. 1955
Neuern, Kewaunee Co.
Neumann, Mark W. 1954
Neva Corners, Langlade Co.
Neva township [origin of place name]
Neva, Langlade Co.
Neva, Town of, Langlade Co.
Nevada, Green Co.
Neville, Arthur Courtenay 1850 - 1929
Nevin, James 1854 - 1921
Nevins, Clark Co.
New Amsterdam, La Crosse Co.
New Auburn [origin of place name]
New Auburn, Chippewa Co.
New Auburn, Village of, Chippewa Co.
New Berlin, Town of, Waukesha Co.
New Berlin, Waukesha Co.
New Boston, Town of, Brown Co.
New Buffalo [origin of place name]
New Buffalo, Town of, Sauk Co.
New Cassel [origin of place name]
New Chester (historical), Adams Co.
New Chester, Town of, Adams Co.
New City (historical), Trempealeau Co.
New Denmark, Town of, Brown Co.
New Dexter, Town of, Wood Co.
New Diggings, Lafayette Co.
New Diggings, Town of, Lafayette Co.
New Fane, Fond du Lac Co.
New France
New Franken, Brown Co.
New Glarus (Historic Marker Erected 1962)
New Glarus [origin of place name]
New Glarus, Green Co.
New Glarus, Town of, Green Co.
New Glarus, Village of, Green Co.
New Haven [origin of place name]
New Haven, Town of, Adams Co.
New Haven, Town of, Dunn Co.
New Holstein [brief history]
New Holstein, Calumet Co.
New Holstein, Town of, Calumet Co.
New Hope, Portage Co.
New Hope, Town of, Portage Co.
New Lisbon, Election precinct of, Grant Co.
New Lisbon, Juneau Co.
New London [origin of place name]
New London, Waupaca Co.
New Lyme, Town of, Monroe Co.
New Mason, Town of, Bayfield Co.
New Milladore, Town of, Wood Co.
New Miner, Juneau Co.
New Munster, Kenosha Co.
New Paris, Sheboygan Co.
New Post, Sawyer Co.
New Prospect, Fond du Lac Co.
new red sandstone (mining)
New Remington, Town of, Wood Co.
New Richmond Cyclone (Historic Marker Erected 1997
New Richmond tornado (1899)
New Richmond, St. Croix Co.
New Rome (historical), Adams Co.
New Rome, Adams Co.
New Rudolph, Town of, Wood Co.
New Seneca, Town of, Wood Co.
New Sigel, Town of, Wood Co.
New Sweden
New Vesper, Town of, Wood Co.
New Wood, Town of, Wood Co.
New York Indians
New York Recording Laboratories
Newald, Forest Co.
Newald, Town of, Forest Co.
Newark Valley, Town of, Adams Co.
Newark, Rock Co.
Newark, Town of, Rock Co.
Newark, Town of, Washington Co.
Newbold, Oneida Co.
Newbold, Town of, Oneida Co.
Newburg, Village of, Washington Co.
Newburg, Washington Co.
Newhall House fire (1883)
Newhall, Daniel 1821 - 1895
Newman, Alfred William 1834 - 1898
Newport [origin of place name]
Newport, Town of, Columbia Co.
Newry, Vernon Co.
Newton Corners, Jefferson Co.
Newton [origin of place name]
Newton, Manitowoc Co.
Newton, Town of, Manitowoc Co.
Newton, Town of, Marquette Co.
Newton, Vernon Co.
Newtonburg, Manitowoc Co.
Newville, Rock Co.
Niagara (shipwreck, 1856)
Niagara, Marinette Co.
Niagara, Town of, Marinette Co.
Niagara, Village of, Marinette Co.
Nichols Shore Acres, Winnebago Co.
Nichols, Outagamie Co.
Nichols, Village of, Outagamie Co.
Nicholson, Isaac Lea 1884 - 1906
Nicholson, Kenneth 1901
Nicholson, Waupaca Co.
Nickels, Justin Michael, 1987-
Nicolet National Forest (Historic Marker Erected 1
Nicolet, Jean 1598 - 1642
Niebler, John H. 1941
Niedecker, Lorine (1903-1970)(Historic Marker Erec
Niedecker, Lorine, 1903-1970
Nieman, Lucius William 1857 - 1935
Nikolay, Frank L. 1922
Nineteenth Amendment
Nischke, Ann 1951
Nitschke, Elmer C. 1911
Nix Corner, Eau Claire Co.
Noah's Bluff [origin of place name]
Nobleton, Washburn Co.
Nohl, Mary Louise 1914 - 2001
Nohr, Harry 1897 - 1976
Nojoshing [origin of place name]
Nokomis, Town of, Oneida Co.
Nolen, John 1869 - 1937
non-commissioned officers (Civil War)
Noonan, Josiah A. 1813 - 1882
Noque, Bay of
Noquet Islands
Nora, Dane Co.
Nordberg, Bruno Victor 1858 - 1924
Norma, Chippewa Co.
Normal school
Norman, Kewaunee Co.
Norquist, John O. 1949
Norrie, Marathon Co.
Norrie, Town of, Marathon Co.
Norse Pottery (1903-1913)
Norske, Waupaca Co.
North Andover, Grant Co.
North Bay, Door Co.
North Bay, Racine Co.
North Bay, Village of, Racine Co.
North Bend, Jackson Co.
North Bend, Town of, Jackson Co.
North Bend, Town of, Washington Co.
North Bloomfield, Walworth Co.
North Branch, Jackson Co.
North Bristol, Dane Co.
North Cape, Racine Co.
North Clayton, Crawford Co.
North Crandon, Town of, Forest Co.
North Creek, Trempealeau Co.
North Eau Claire, Town of, Eau Claire Co.
North Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Co.
North Fond du Lac, Village of, Fond du Lac Co.
North Freedom [origin of place name]
North Freedom, Sauk Co.
North Freedom, Village of, Sauk Co.
North Grimms, Manitowoc Co.
North Hall (Historic Marker Erected 1974)
North Hudson, St. Croix Co.
North Hudson, Village of, St. Croix Co.
North La Crosse, La Crosse Co.
North Lake, Waukesha Co.
North Lancaster, Town of, Grant Co.
North Leeds, Columbia Co.
North Lowell, Dodge Co.
North Menomonie, Dunn Co.
North Pepin, Town of, Dunn Co.
North Prairie, Village of, Waukesha Co.
North Prairie, Waukesha Co.
North Readfield, Waupaca Co.
North Red Wing, Pierce Co.
North Sea
North Shore, Jefferson Co.
North Star Rifles (Civil War)
North Star, Portage Co.
North Tomah, Monroe Co.
North West Company
North York, Ashland Co.
North, Sterling, 1906-1974
northeaster (maritime)
Northeim, Manitowoc Co.
Northern Highland (Historic Marker Erected 1956)
Northern Wisconsin Center For The Developmentally
Northfield, Jackson Co.
Northfield, Town of, Jackson Co.
Northfield, Town of, Monroe Co.
Northland College (Historic Marker Erected 1976)
Northland, Waupaca Co.
Northline, St. Croix Co.
Northport, Door Co.
Northport, Waupaca Co.
Northwest Ordinance (Ordinance of 1787)
Northwest Portal of Wisconsin (Historic Marker Ere
Northwest Territory
Northwestern Regiment; Wisconsin Regulars (Civil W
Northwoods Beach, Sawyer Co.
Norton, Dunn Co.
Norwalk [origin of place name]
Norwalk, Monroe Co.
Norwalk, Village of, Monroe Co.
Norway Grove, Dane Co.
Norway Ridge, Monroe Co.
Norway Settlement, Census district of, Dane Co.
Norway [origin of place name]
Norway, Town of, Jackson Co.
Norway, Town of, Racine Co.
Norwegians in Wisconsin
Norwich, Town of, Waushara Co.
Norwood, Town of, Langlade Co.
Nose-bag (logging)
Notestein, Barbara 1949
Nowakowski, Richard C. 1933
Nowell (historical), Waupaca Co.
Noyes, George Henry 1849 - 1916
Nugent, William P. 1917
Nuttelman, Norbert 1911
Nutter, Edmondson John Masters 1879 - 1953
Nutterville, Marathon Co.
Nye, Edgar Wilson ("Bill Nye") 1850 - 1896
Nye, Edgar Wilson (1850-1896) (Historic Marker Ere
Nye, Polk Co.

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