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Rufus King


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"Dictionary of Wisconsin Biography"


Vocabulary:

public
organized


Interesting Fact:

King was the first Milwaukee superintendent of schools, serving from 1859 to 1861.


Study Questions:

  • Besides being the first Milwaukee school board president, what other things is Rufus King known for?
  • Was public education a common thing in Wisconsin in 1846? Give examples to support your answer.
  • When were the public schools started in your community?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Rufus King:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on April 14:

    1865: Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth.
    1939: John Steinbeck's novel, "The Grapes of Wrath," is first published.



  • April 14

    April 14, 1846: The first public school board in Milwaukee was organized. Rufus King was named president of the board.


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