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Henry Baird objects to the location of the territorial capitol, 1836.

Letters from the territorial convention in Belmont

Territorial politician and early Wisconsin settler Henry S. Baird presided over the legislature that met in Belmont. In the first letter, Baird launches a formal protest to the selection of Madison as the capital, objecting to what he saw as an underhanded maneuver by certain men with financial stakes in the selection of Madison. Baird also kept up a constant stream of correspondence with friends and family, and here he describes the town and legislative activity to his father and his wife, Elizabeth Therese (whose own reminiscences are included elsewhere on Turning Points).

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Related Topics: Territory to Statehood
The Creation of Wisconsin Territory
Creator: Baird, Henry S. (Henry Samuel), 1800-1875
Pub Data: Unpublished manuscripts in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives (Wis Mss V, Box 1 Folder 4): 1) Oct. 29, 1836 letter to father describing Belmont; 3 pages; 2) Protest letter to selection of Madison; 3 pages; 3) Oct. 24-25, 1836, letter to wife describing Belmont; 3 pages
Citation: Baird, Henry S. "Letters from the territorial convention in Belmont." Wisconsin Historical Society Archives (Wis Mss V, Box 1 Folder 4). Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 4/24/2014
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