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Volume Listing > Volume 86 > Judge James Duane Doty and Wisconsin's first court: the Additional Court of Michigan Territory, 1822-1836

Jung, Patrick J. "Judge James Duane Doty and Wisconsin's first court: the Additional Court of Michigan Territory, 1822-1836"


Judge James Duane Doty and Wisconsin’s First Court: The Additional Court of Michigan Territory, 1823-1836: This article traces the history of Wisconsin’s first federal court, which was created by Congress in 1823 as the Additional Court of Michigan Territory. It existed for only 13 years, but met an important need for the territory’s residents, most of whom were Indians, métis, or French Canadians working in the fur trade. The court gave them a legal venue in which to challenge the martial law that federal Indian agents and army officers often imposed on them. The court's first judge was James Duane Doty (1799-1865), an advocate for native peoples who strove to ensure they were treated fairly by the court. The article details specific court cases, and includes paintings, maps, and reproductions of legal documents. (10 pages)

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Citation: Jung, Patrick J. "Judge James Duane Doty and Wisconsin's first court: the Additional Court of Michigan Territory, 1822-1836" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 86 /Issue: 2 (2002-2003)

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