Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
1840 U.S. Federal Census - Wisconsin Territory (Ancestry.com)

1840 Census - Wisconsin

Census Finder


Read More About It

"The Census Book" by William Dollarhide

"200 Years of U.S. Census Taking" by U.S. Dept of Commerce, Bureau of the Census

"Wisconsin's Past and Present: A Historical Atlas" by The Wisconsin Cartographers' Guild


Vocabulary:

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Interesting Fact:

When the Wisconsin Territory was established in 1836, it is believed the population was approximately 11,600.


Study Questions:

  • When was most of the population located in Wisconsin in 1940?
  • How much did Wisconsin's population grow over the next 30 years?
  • Had your community been founded by 1840? If so, what was its population. If not, what was its population ten years after it was founded?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about population trends in Wisconsin:

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


    U.S. historical events that occurred on June 29:

    1767: The Townshend Acts, taxes placed on the American colonists, are approved by the British Parliament.



  • June 29

    State Stats

    1840: The census recorded Wisconsin's population as having 30,945 residents in the territory.


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