Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Wisconsin - History

Territory to Statehood (Wisconsin Historical Society)


Read More About It

"Wisconsin: A History" by Robert C. Nesbit

"History of Wisconsin: From Exploration to Statehood" by Alice E. Smith


Vocabulary:

majority
endorsed
statehood


Interesting Fact:

After 1841, Wisconsin voted almost yearly on whether to become a state. It always resulted in a light voter turnout with the men voting nearly two to one against statehood.


Study Questions:

  • What were the advantages of being a state compared to a territory?
  • Why did it take two more years for Wisconsin to become a state?
  • What was the population of the Wisconsin Territory in 1846?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Wisconsin becoming a state:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on April 7:

    1862: The Union forces defeat the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.



  • April 7

    April 7, 1846: The majority of territorial voters strongly endorsed statehood at the polls.

    Wisconsin Argus, April 7, 1846

    We have printed all of our tickets "For State Government," presuming that the most of them will be wanted in that form. Should a voter wish to vote the other way, he can easily erase the word "For" and insert the word "Against." This vote must be separated from the main ticket, as it is to be deposited in a separate box.


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