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On This Day: October 12

1782 - Henry Dodge Born

On this date Territorial Governor Henry Dodge was born in Vincennes, Indiana. The son of Israel Dodge and Nancy Hunter, Henry Dodge was the first Territorial Governor of Wisconsin. Prior to this position, he served as Marshall and Brigadier General of the Missouri Territory, Chief Justice of the Iowa County (Wisconsin) Court. During the Black Hawk War of 1832 he led the Wisconsin militia who ultimately brought the conflict to its tragic end. He served as Territorial Governor from July 3, 1836 to October 5, 1841 and again from May 13, 1845 to June 7, 1848. He also served as U.S. Territorial Senator from 1841 to 1846. When Wisconsin was admitted to the Union as a State, dodge was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate; he was reelected in 1851 and served from June 8, 1848, to March 3, 1857. He was also twice nominated for President and once for Vice President, all of which he declined. Henry Dodge died on June 19, 1867 in Burlington, Iowa.

1861 - (Civil War) 8th Wisconsin Infantry Leaves Madison

The 8th Wisconsin Infantry left Madison with orders to report to General John C. Fremont in St. Louis. It would later move east through Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama, and west into Arkansas and Missouri and fight at the battles of Corinth, Vicksburg, Jackson, and Nashville.

1869 - William Henry Stafford Born

On this date William Henry Stafford was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Stafford attended public school before graduating from Harvard University Law School in 1893. In 1894 he commenced practice in Milwaukee. Stafford was first elected as a Republican to the Fifty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses as well as the Sixty-third, Sixty-fourth, and Sixty-fifth Congresses, the Sixty-seventh Congress and finally the Seventy-first and Seventy-second Congresses. The varied years of his service are 1903-1911, 1913-1919, 1921-1923, and 1929-1933. After resuming the practice of law, Stafford died in Milwaukee on April 22, 1957. [Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress]

1913 - Henry Carl Schadeberg Born

On this date Henry Carl Schadeberg was born in Manitowoc. He attended Manitowoc public schools, received a B.A. from Carroll College in Waukesha and attended Garrett Biblical Institute in Evanston, Illinois. Schadeberg served in the United States Navy as a chaplain from 1943 to 1946 and in the Korean conflict from 1952 to 1953. He served as captain in the United States Naval Reserve until retirement in 1969. Schadeberg was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-seventh and Eighty-eighth Congresses (January 3, 1961-January 3, 1965) but was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1964. He was also a delegate to the Republican State conventions from 1960. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1964. Schadeberg was elected to the Ninetieth and Ninety-first Congresses (January 3, 1967-January 3, 1971) but was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1970. He was a resident of Rockbridge Baths, Virginia until his death there December 11, 1985. [Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress]