Nelson Dewey, Wisconsin's first state governor, was born in Connecticut in 1813. He moved to Lancaster, Wisconsin, in 1836 and began to study law. Dewey assisted in organizing Grant County in 1837 and was elected to the Territorial Legislative Assembly and Territorial Council. Dewey was elected governor on admission of Wisconsin to the Union. He was re-elected in 1850. Dewey also served in the state Senate and was a commissioner of the state prison.
Died: July 20, 1889.