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Shooting in the Capitol!


Dateline: Washington, April 20, 1836. On this date the U.S. Congress approved the creation of Wisconsin Territory. This gave our citizens the right to form a government and elect territorial representatives. Wisconsin was the Wild West at the time, as evidenced by the shooting death of a territorial legislator by an opponent that's recalled here. Had it not been for political chicanery and party politics in Washington, today Wisconsin would include Chicago-land and much other valuable real estate. You can find more on territorial Wisconsin in Wisconsin Local History & Biography Articles.
:: Posted in Curiosities on April 20, 2004
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