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John Hawkins Rountree

Platteville: History of the Town


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"The Life Story of Major John H. Rountree" by Verne Pease


Vocabulary:

claim
deposits
platted


Interesting Fact:

Rountree served in the militia during the Black Hawk War of 1832 and was one of the first regents of the University of Wisconsin. He was also vice-president of the State Historical Society from 1849 to 1888.


Study Questions:

  • How did Platteville get its name?
  • What is Rountree Hall?
  • Why is there a large "M" on a hill near Platteville?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Major John Rountree:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on March 24:

    1765: The Quartering Act is enacted by the British in the American colonies.
    1989: The oil tanker Exxon Valdez runs aground, spilling 11 million gallons of oil in the Prince William Sound in Alaska.



  • March 24

    March 24, 1805: Major John Rountree, founder of Platteville, was born in Warren County, Kentucky. In 1827 Rountree came to the lead mining region of southwest Wisconsin, establishing a claim on the Little Platte River. A settlement soon grew around the rich lead deposits in the area and in 1834 Rountree platted the village of Platteville.


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