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Term: Juneau, Solomon 1793 - 1856

Definition:

fur trader, founder of Milwaukee, b. Repentigny, Quebec, Canada. He was baptized Laurent Salomon Juneau, but dropped his first name sometime after coming to Milwaukee and changed the spelling of his second name to Solomon. The extent of his early education is unknown. In 1816 he moved to Mackinac where he found employment as a clerk for Jacques Vieau, fur trader, who had his headquarters at Green Bay and a trading post on the Menominee River at the present site of Milwaukee. Buying out Vieau's post on the Menominee in 1819, Juneau became a trader for John Jacob Astor's American Fur Co. and in 1820 married Vieau's daughter, Josette. In 1822 he built the first log house in Milwaukee and in 1824 the first frame building. He became an American citizen in 1831, and began to learn English the same year. In Oct., 1833, he formed a partnership with Morgan L. Martin (q.v.) to develop a village on the east side of the Milwaukee River, and in 1835 Juneau entered his claim as a pre-emption, platted lots, and began selling them to settlers. In 1835 he erected a two-story house, a store, and a hotel (Belleview House), and at the first election for officers of Milwaukee township (Sept. 1835) he was elected a commissioner of roads and a director of the poor. When the first post office was established at Milwaukee in 1835, Juneau was appointed postmaster, and held this position until 1843. In 1837 he began publication of the Milwaukee Sentinel, with John O'Rourke as editor, and on the organization of village government the same year, Juneau was elected trustee and village president. A Democrat, in 1846 Juneau was elected first mayor of Milwaukee, and served one term (Apr. 1846-Apr. 1847). In 1848 he opened a store in Theresa, Wis., where he had established a trading post as early as 1833, and in 1852 the Juneau family moved permanently to the new location. He died at Keshena while attending a "payment" on the Menominee Indian reservation. Juneau was closely identified with almost every public improvement in pioneer Milwaukee. With Morgan L. Martin he built the first courthouse and presented it to the county, and he also donated the land for St. Peter's Catholic Church, St. John's Cathedral, the first government lighthouse, and for Milwaukee Female Seminary. Dict. Amer. Biog.; Wis. Mag. Hist., 41; B. Still, Milwaukee (Madison, 1948); I. Fox, S. Juneau (Milwaukee [1916]); WPA field notes; S. Juneau Papers.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Solomon Laurent Juneau Papers for details.  See also the Solomon Laurent Juneau Miscellany.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

112 records found

Armenia, Town of, Juneau Co.
Barber, George 1805 - 1881
Bertram, Col. Henry (1825-1878)
Billinghurst, Charles 1818 - 1865
Buffington, Byron A. 1852 - 1929
Camp Douglas, Juneau Co.
Camp Douglas, Village of, Juneau Co.
Camp Williams (military installation)
Castle Rock (Historic Marker Erected 1967)
Clearfield, Town of, Juneau Co.
Cloverdale, Juneau Co.
Collins, Robert A. 1924
Cranberry Center, Town of, Juneau Co.
Cross, James B. 1819 - 1876
Cutler, Juneau Co.
Cutler, Town of, Juneau Co.
Dawes, Col. Rufus R. (1838-1899)
Dodge Center [origin of place name]
Dodge County [origin of place name]
Edgerton, Benjamin Hyde 1811 - 1886
Edgerton, Elisha W. 1815 - 1904
Elroy, Juneau Co.
Elroy-Sparta State Trail (Historic Marker Erected
Finley, Juneau Co.
Finley, Town of, Juneau Co.
First Milwaukee Cargo Pier (Historic Marker Erecte
Fitzgerald, Jeff 1966
Fitzgerald, Scott L. 1963
Fountain, Town of, Juneau Co.
Fox Lake, Town of, Dodge Co.
Germantown, Town of, Juneau Co.
Goetsch, Robert G. 1933
Hop Raising (Historic Marker Erected 1959)
Husting, Paul Oscar Adolph 1866 - 1917
Hustisford, Dodge Co.
Hustisford, Village of, Dodge Co.
Hustler, Juneau Co.
Hustler, Village of, Juneau Co.
Iron Ridge, Dodge Co.
Iron Ridge, Village of, Dodge Co.
Joss, Adrian "Addie" (Historic Marker Erected 1986
Juneau County Rifles (Civil War)
Juneau County [origin of place name]
Juneau [origin of place name]
Juneau, Dodge Co.
Juneau, Solomon 1793 - 1856
Juneau, Town of, Dodge Co.
Kellogg, Col. John A. (1828 - 1883)
Kelly, Juneau Co.
Kessler, Frederick P. 1940
Kilbourn, Byron 1801 - 1870
Kildare, Town of, Juneau Co.
Kingston, Town of, Juneau Co.
La Follette, Belle Case, 1859-1931
Lemonweir, Juneau Co.
Lemonweir, Town of, Juneau Co.
Leverich, James Earl
Lindina, Juneau Co.
Lindina, Town of, Juneau Co.
Lisbon, Town of, Juneau Co.
Lomira, Town of, Dodge Co.
Lone Rock, Juneau Co.
Lowell, Village of, Dodge Co.
Ludington, Harrison 1812 - 1891
Lyndon Station, Juneau Co.
Lyndon Station, Village of, Juneau Co.
Lyndon, Town of, Juneau Co.
Marion, Town of, Juneau Co.
Martin, Morgan Lewis 1805 - 1887
Mather, Juneau Co.
Mauston, Juneau Co.
Mayville, Dodge Co.
Meadow Valley, Juneau Co.
Milwaukee [brief history]
Necedah, Juneau Co.
Necedah, Town of, Juneau Co.
Necedah, Village of, Juneau Co.
New Lisbon, Juneau Co.
New Miner, Juneau Co.
Oak Grove [origin of place name]
Orange Mill, Juneau Co.
Orange, Town of, Juneau Co.
Plymouth, Town of, Juneau Co.
Recall Elections (in Wisconsin)
Sauerhering, Edward 1864 - 1924
Senn, Nicholas, M.D. (1844-1908) (Historic Marker
Seven Mile Creek, Town of, Juneau Co.
Sprague, Juneau Co.
Summit, Town of, Juneau Co.
Terry, Walter E.
The Iron Brigade (Historic Marker Erected 1992)
The Sand Counties-Aldo Leopold Territory (Historic
The Solomon Juneau House (Historic Marker Erected
The Wisconsin River (Historic Marker Erected 1982)
Theresa [origin of place name]
Theresa, Dodge Co.
Theresa, Village of, Dodge Co.
Thompson, Tommy G. 1941
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1784-1835
Union Center, Juneau Co.
Union Center, Village of, Juneau Co.
Vieau, Jacques 1757 - 1852
Volk Field (military installation)
Walker, George H. 1811 - 1866
Waucedah, Town of, Juneau Co.
Waushara, Town of, Waushara Co.
Wisconsin Military Reservation (Historic Marker Er
Wisconsin's Oldest Newspaper: The Milwaukee Sentin
Wonewoc, Juneau Co.
Wonewoc, Town of, Juneau Co.
Wonewoc, Village of, Juneau Co.
Wood, Jeffrey 1969

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