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"Fighting" Bob La Follette

Governor and Progressive
Discover how Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette and the Progressive Movement reformed state government and the Republican Party.
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Carr, Ezra Slocum (1819-1894)

Brief biography of University of Wisconsin chemistry and natural history professor, Ezra Slocum Carr.
Brief biography of University of Wisconsin chemistry and natural history professor, Ezra Slocum Carr.
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Catlin, John, 1803-1874

Brief biography of pioneer lawyer, politician and railroad man John Catlin.
Brief biography of pioneer lawyer, politician and railroad man John Catlin.
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Cadotte, Michael, 1764-1837

Pioneer Fur Trader
Brief biography of pioneer fur trader Michael Cadotte.
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Duluth [Dulhut], Daniel Greysolon Sieur (1639-1710)

Explorer and Trader
Biography of Daniel Greysolon Sieur Duluth who helped protect the Wisconsin area against raids of the Iroquois.
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Ely, Richard Theodore, 1854-1943

Brief bio of Richard Theodore Ely, professor, economist, social reformer and author who played a votal role in shaping the "Wisconsin Idea."
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Dubay (Dube), John Baptiste (1810-1887)

Fur Trader and Murderer
Biography of pioneer fur trader John Baptiste Dubay.
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Everest, David Clark (1882-1955)

Businessman and Historical Society President
Biography of Wisconsin businessman and president of the Wisconsin Historical Society David Clark Everest.
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Wilcox, Ella Wheeler (1850-1919)

Poet and Temperance Advocate
Biography of Wisconsin poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
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Paine, Col. Halbert E. (1826-1905)

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, U.S. Congressman
Brief biography of Civil War veteran and three term U.S. Congressman best remembered for disobeying orders to return fugitive slaves to their owners.
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Harvey, Cordelia (1824–1895)

Civil War Philanthropist, Wisconsin First Lady, Nurse, and Teacher
A brief biography of Wisconsin’s Florence Nightingale, Cordelia Harvey who was a strong voice for innovatring Civil War Military hospitals.
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Harvey, Gov. Louis P. (1820-1862)

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Wisconsin Governor
Brief biography of Gov. Louis P. Harvey, helped organize the Republican Party in 1854, state senator from 1854-1857 and in 1862 became governor.
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Peck, George Wilbur (1840-1916)

Brief biography of newspaperman and eventual Governor (1891-1895)
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Brunson, Alfred (1793-1882)

Wisconsin's first Methodist Missionary
Biography of Methodist clergyman, lawyer, politician and author Alfred Brunson
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Walker, George H. (1811-1866)

Brief biography of George H. Walker railroad promoter and politician who was twice mayor of Milwaukee (1851, 1853).
Brief biography of George H. Walker railroad promoter and politician who was twice mayor of Milwaukee (1851, 1853).
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Paquette, Pierre (1796-1836)

Trader, Scout and Interpreter
Biography of biracial Indian and European trader, scout and interpreter Pierre Paquette.
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Shepard, Eugene S. (1854-1923)

Lumberman, Resort Operator and Humorist
Biography of Eugene Shepard, whose "Hodag" monster hoax made Oneida County a tourist attraction.
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Marsh, Cutting (1800-1873)

Presbyterian Missionary
Biography of Presbyterian clergyman Cutting Marsh, who worked as a missionary with the Stockbridge Indians.
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Black Hawk, Chief (1767-1838)

Chief of the Sauk Indians
Biography of Indian war chief Black Hawk
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Mazzuchelli, Samuel Charles (1806-1864)

Catholic Priest, Missionary, Architect and Scientist
Biography of Catholic priest, missionary, architect and science teacher Samuel C. Mazzuchelli.

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