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Volume Listing > Volume 24 > Daniel Whitney: pioneer Wisconsin businessman

Smith, Alice E. (Alice Elizabeth), 1896- "Daniel Whitney: pioneer Wisconsin businessman"


Daniel Whitney Pioneer Wisconsin Businessman: The numerous and varied business ventures of the trader and land speculator Daniel Whitney (1795-1862) are described here. Arriving penniless in Green Bay at age twenty-five, Whitney had, within twenty years, participated in the fur trade, store-keeping, land speculation, lumbering, manufacturing, and transportation. He, and later his associates, delivered supplies along the Fox-Wisconsin water route. His store at Statesburg (South Kaukauna) played a crucial role in the Indian trade, and his fur trading and land speculation brought him in close contact with many notable French-Canadian families, including the Grignon family. It was eventually these ties that lead him to found the town of Navarino, the site of the famous Rump Council. Following the Panic of 1837, Navarino and the village of Astor were united, forming the heart of the present city of Green Bay. Whitney was involved in both the early lumber and lead industries, and his shot tower still stands at Tower Hill State Park. (22 pages)

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Citation: Smith, Alice E. (Alice Elizabeth), 1896- "Daniel Whitney: pioneer Wisconsin businessman" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 24 /Issue: 3 (1940-1941)

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