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Related Web Sites:
The Nelson Dewey Homesite

Nelson Dewey, Wisconsin's First Governor

Governor Nelson Dewey Chapter NSDAR

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?

    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Nelson Dewey:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society

    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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