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On This Day: November 2

1815 - Isaac Pigeon Walker Born

On this date Isaac Pigeon Walker was born near Wheeling, Virgina(now West Virginia). Walker moved to Wisconsin Territory in 1841, settled in Milwaukee, and practiced law. He was a member of the Wisconsin Territorial legislature from 1847 to 1848. Upon the admission of Wisconsin as a State into the Union, he was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and reelected in 1849. He served from June 8, 1848 to March 3, 1855. He served on a variety of committees during his Sentatorial career, including the Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expense, the Committee on Revolutionary Claims, the Committee on Agriculture, and the Committee on Indian Affairs. Walker was also nominated for the presidency as a Democrat in 1862. He returned to Milwaukee and resumed the practice of law. He died in Milwaukee on March 29, 1872 and is buried at Forest Home Cemetery. [Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress]

1862 - (Civil War) Engagement at Snicker's Gap, Virginia

The 1st U.S. Sharpshooters Company G participated in an engagement at Snicker's Gap in Virginia.

1893 - Orland S. Loomis born

On this day in history former Wisconsin Governor Orland S. Loomis was born in Mauston, Wisconsin. After serving in World War I, Loomis was elected to the State Assembly in 1928 and then the State Senate in 1931, serving as President Pro Tempore in 1933. Loomis was elected Attorney General in 1936 under the newly formed Progressive Party. In 1942 Loomis won the election for governor under the Progressive platform but died as a result of a heart attack on December 7, 1942 before he could be inaugurated. [Source: First Ladies of Wisconsin, The Governors' Wives Nancy G. Williams, p.261-262]

1911 - First Vocational School Opens

On this date, the first vocational school in Wisconsin opened in Racine. [Source: Racine History Timeline]

1919 - John B. Heim Dies

On this date John B. Heim died in Madison. Heim served as superintendent of Madison city water works for nearly thirty years. He also managed a book binding company, W.J. Park and Company. As city alderman, he advocated municipal ownership of the city water works and made this project a national model for municipal ownership of utilities. He was elected mayor of Madison in 1911. In this service, he gained recognition for refusing to support blue laws prohibiting saloons from opening on Sundays. He was defeated for re-election by a "dry" Republican who was endorsed by the Madison Dry League. [Source: Bishops to Bootleggers: A Biographical Guide to Resurrection Cemetery, p.111]

1954 - Wisconsin Voters Oppose Public Television

On this date Wisconsin voters overwhelmingly opposed the idea of a state-supported public educational TV station. The final vote was 662,044 to 295,329. [Source: Janesville Gazette 11/3/1954, p. 1]