Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
The Memoirs of Nelson Dewey, the state's first governor

Nelson Dewey (Wikipedia)

Project Wisconsin: Nelson Dewey

Read More About It

"A Guide to Stonefield" by David Paul Nord

"The Shadow in the Glass" by August Derleth



Interesting Fact:

In 1836, Dewey, along with New York land speculators, worked hard at promoting Cassville as an ideal site for the capital of the Wisconsin Territory.

Study Questions:

  • When was the home originally built?
  • What other misfortunes happened to Dewey at this time?
  • What became of the Dewey property?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on January 2:

    1788: Georgia becomes the fourth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
    1974: Federal legislation is signed requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 mph.

  • January 2

    January 2, 1873: The Cassville home of Nelson Dewey, the first governor of Wisconsin, was destroyed by fire. The Dewey home overlooked the Mississippi River and cost $100,000 to build. It had marble wainscoting and fireplaces, polished floors, a fine piano and a hot air furnace.

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