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Volume Listing > Volume 41 > William S. Hamilton on the Wisconsin frontier: a document

Gara, Larry "William S. Hamilton on the Wisconsin frontier: a document"


William S. Hamilton on the Wisconsin Frontier, A Document: Hamilton was the son of Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804); he left the East in 1817 and arrived in Wisconsin in 1827. He founded the town of Hamilton's Diggings (now Wiota, in Lafayette County), where he set up a smelter and was active in Territorial Era politics through his business. The document given here is a long letter written by Theodore Rodolf (1815-1892) at the request of Hamilton's biographer, Cyrus Woodman (1814-1889). In it, Rodolf describes Hamilton's activities, personality, and private life, as well as details about Territorial leaders Henry Gratiot (1789-1836), Henry Dodge (1782-1867), James Doty (1799-1865), Charles Dunn (1799-1872), and Moses M. Strong (1810-1894). (4 pages)

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Citation: Gara, Larry "William S. Hamilton on the Wisconsin frontier: a document" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 41 /Issue: 1 (1957-1958)

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