Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
The First Laws

Photos of Dodge


Read More About It

"Henry Dodge, Frontiersman; First Governor of Wisconsin Territory" by James Clark

"Promised land: The Life and Times of Henry Dodge" by Edna Meudt


Vocabulary:

Legislature


Interesting Fact:

The 1836 legislative session was the only one held in Belmont.


Study Questions:

  • At what nearby town did Governor Dodge conduct most of the territorial affairs?
  • How long was the 1836 legislative session and how many laws did the legislature write?
  • What happened to Henry Dodge once Wisconsin became a state in 1848?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Henry Dodge:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on November 12:

    1920: Judge Kenesaw Landis is named the first commissioner of baseball.
    1942: The World War II Battle of Guadalcanal begins.



  • November 12

    November 12, 1836: Territorial Governor Henry Dodge signed the first law passed by the Legislature.


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