Wisconsin History Day By Day


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"Belmont Area History"

"Fragments of Early Wisconsin History: Territorial Politics and the Belmont Legislative Session Oct-Dec. 1836" by Bert Bohlin

"Observations in the Wisconsin Territory" by William Rudolph Smith

"History of the Territory of Wisconsin, From 1836 to 1848" by Moses McCure Strong

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


Vocabulary:

territorial
oath
officers


Interesting Fact:

The accommodations in Belmont were rather sparse. Many legislators and their friends slept in the same room. One legislator wrote, "Our beds were all full and the floor well spread with blankets and overcoats for lodging purposes."


Study Questions:

  • How long did the territorial legislature meet in Belmont before moving to Madison?
  • Why was Belmont chosen as the location for the government of the Wisconsin Territory?
  • What were some of the important issues the legislature debated during the early months of the Wisconsin Territory?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Wisconsin's territorial legislature:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on October 25:

    1983: U.S. forces invade Grenada at the order of President Ronald Reagan.



  • October 25

    October 25, 1836: The first territorial Legislature met for the first time in Belmont. The complete order of business the first day involved taking the oath from the governor and electing officers.


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