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On This Day: October 18

1829 - Charles Grandison Williams Born

On this date Charles Grandison Williams was born in Royalton, New York. In 1856 Williams moved to Janesville, Wisconsin where he practiced law.  Williams served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1869 to 1872 and was twice chosen as Senate President Pro Tempore.  He was elected to Congress as a Republican and served from March 4, 1873 to March 3, 1883. He was chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (Forty-seventh Congress). Williams died in Watertown, Codington County, South Dakota on March 30, 1892. [Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress]

1858 - Police Force Established in Racine

On this date the first Racine police force was established by the city council. [Source: Racine Timeline]

1862 - 33rd Wisconsin Infantry Mustered In

On this date the 33rd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry was mustered into federal service at Camp Utley near Racine. Recruiting offices accepted enlistments from Grant, Lafayette, Iowa, Rock, and Kenosha Counties. The 33rd departed Wisconsin on November 12, 1862, numbering 902 officers and men. General U.S. Grant included the 33rd Wisconsin in his overland campaign for Jackson and Vicksburg, Mississippi. [Source: 33rd Wisconsin Infantry]

1869 - Jewish Congregation Emanu-El Founded in Milwaukee

On this date the Congregation Emanu-El in Milwaukee was founded by 35 men seceding from another Milwaukee congregation, the Bne Jeshurun. In 1872 these same men erected and dedicated Temple Emanu-El on the corner of Broadway and Martin streets. [Source: History of Milwaukee, vol. II, p.235]

1903 - Lewis Dominic Thill Born

On this date Lewis Dominic Thill was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he practiced law after receiving a law degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was elected to Congress as a Republican and served from January 3, 1939 to January 3, 1943. Thill engaged in real estate and investment business and resided in San Diego, California, where he died on May 6, 1975. [Source: Biographical Directory of United States Congress]

1967 - Police and Student Activists Clash in Madison

On this date club-wielding Madison police joined campus police to break up a large anti-war demonstration on the UW-Madison campus. Sixty-five people, including several officers, were treated for injuries. Thirteen student leaders were ordered expelled from school. State Attorney General Bronson La Follette criticized the police for using excessive brutality. [Source: They Marched Into Sunlight]