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On This Day: November 14

1861 - Frederick Jackson Turner Born

On this date Frederick Jackson Turner was born in Portage. Turner spent most of his academic career at the University of Wisconsin. He published his first article in 1883, received his B.A. in 1884, then his M.A. in History in 1888. After a year of study at Johns Hopkins (Ph.D., 1890), he returned to join the History faculty at Wisconsin, where he taught for the next 21 years. He later taught at Harvard from 1910 to 1924 before retiring. In 1893, Turner presented his famous address, "The Significance of the Frontier in American History," at the Chicago World's Fair. Turner died in 1932.

1861 - (Civil War) 4th Wisconsin Infantry enters Accomac Co., Virgina

The 4th Wisconsin Infantry was among the Union forces that began an expedition into Accomac County, Virginia.