September 14, 1861: Ebenezer Brigham, pioneer settler and politician, died in Madison. Brigham was born in 1789 in Massachusetts, moving to Platteville in 1827. He became the first permanent European settler in Dane County by farming and operating a lead mine near Blue Mounds. During the Black Hawk War in 1832, a fort was built near his home. Brigham was a member of the Territorial Council, state Assembly and the Dane County Board of Commissioners.