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Henry Dodge brought his slaves to Wisconsin

First Governor of Wisconsin a Slaveholder

Although the Northwest Ordinance (1787) forbade the extension of slavery into Wisconsin, a number of early settlers brought slaves with them to the territory. Henry Dodge, Wisconsin's first territorial Governor, was among Wisconsin's most notable slaveowners, as this article recounts.

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Related Topics: Territory to Statehood
Wisconsin in the Civil War Era
Early U.S. Settlement
The Civil War Home Front
Creator: Adams County Press
Pub Data: Adams County Press. 1 January 1916.
Citation: "First governor of Wisconsin a slaveholder." Adams County Press (1 January 1916). Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 4/24/2014
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