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"Dictionary of Wisconsin Biography" by Wisconsin Historical Society

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Vocabulary:

immigrated
established
joint


Interesting Fact:

As a younger man, Heil spent much time in South America installing steel track for street railway systems while working for the Falk Company in Milwaukee.


Study Questions:

  • What were the leading issues in Wisconsin during the time Heil was governor?
  • Does the Heil company still exist today? If so, what does the company manufacture?
  • What political experience did Heil have before being elected governor? What prompted him to be a candidate for governor in 1938?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Julius Peter Heil:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


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  • July 24

    Wisconsin's Governors

    July 24, 1876: Julius Peter Heil, Wisconsin's 30th governor, was born on July 24, 1876 in Germany. He immigrated to Wisconsin in 1881 and settled in Milwaukee as a young man. In 1901, he established the Heil Rail Joint Company. Heil defeated Philip La Follette for governor in 1938, serving for two terms and losing in his bid for a third. He returned to the Heil Company in Milwaukee. Died: November 30, 1949.


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