Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
1820 Census

Wisconsin Census, 1820-1890


Read More About It

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

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


Vocabulary:

census
civilians
dependents


Interesting Fact:

In terms of percentage, the largest increase in Wisconsin's population was between 1840 and 1850 when there was a 886.9 percent increase.


Study Questions:

  • Where in Wisconsin did the majority of the people live in 1820?
  • Where were the 804 soldiers based in 1820?
  • How much did the population increase in the 1830 census?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Wisconsin population changes:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on March 23:

    1775: Patrick Henry, in a speech calling for independence from Britain, uttered his famous line, "Give me liberty, or give me death!"
    1965: America's first two-manned space flight, Gemini 3, blasts off from Cape Kennedy.



  • March 23

    State Stats

    1820: The census recorded 651 civilians and 804 soldiers and dependents living west of Lake Michigan in the territory that is present day Wisconsin.


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