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Juneau County, Wisconsin | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Juneau County

Origin of Juneau County, Wisconsin

Juneau County, Wisconsin | Wisconsin Historical Society
Dictionary of Wisconsin History.

Juneau County named in honor of Solomon Juneau, an early French trader on the site of Milwaukee, and first mayor of that city. Born in 1793 in Canada, as a youth Juneau began trading at Mackinac. He went to Milwaukee in 1818, as an employee of Jacques Vieau. Juneau was the first postmaster of the town (1835), assisted in laying out the first plat of the city (his partner was Morgan L. Martin of Green Bay), and served as mayor after its incorporation (1846). In later life he removed to Dodge County, and died in 1856 at Shawano, while attending an Indian payment.

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[Source: Kellogg, Louise Phelps. "Derivation of County Names" in Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin for 1909, pages 219-231.]