Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
The Rump Council

Capitals and Capitols in Early Wisconsin


Read More About It

"Wisconsin Territorial Days," Badger History by the Wisconsin Historical Society

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

"History of the territory of Wisconsin, from 1836 to 1848" by Moses McCure Strong

"Observations on the Wisconsin Territory" by William Rudolph Smith


Vocabulary:

legislative council
convened
territory


Interesting Fact:

Colonel William S. Hamilton, son of noted statesman Alexander Hamilton, was elected president of the legislative council.


Study Questions:

  • What were the boundaries of the Michigan Territory?
  • What was the population of Green Bay in 1836? What was it like? Was it a thriving city or a trading outpost on the frontier?
  • What was the purpose of the legislative council?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about territorial history:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on January 1:

    1863: President Abraham Lincoln signs the Proclamation Emancipation.
    1892: The immigration station at Ellis Island opens.



  • January 1

    January 1, 1836: The seventh legislative council of the Michigan Territory, which included Wisconsin, convened at Green Bay, the first official territory-wide meeting to be held in Wisconsin.


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