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George W. Peck

George W. Peck

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"Dictionary of Wisconsin Biography" by the Wisconsin Historical Society

"Wisconsin Blue Book" 1960



Interesting Fact:

Peck wrote for a number of papers in his early career, including the Whitewater Republican, Wisconsin State Journal, Ripon Representative, La Crosse Democrat, and his own weekly newspaper, Peck's Sun. While in La Crosse, he also served as chief of police for one year.

Study Questions:

  • What were the major issues while Peck was in the governor's office?
  • Why did Peck get into politics after being a successful writer?
  • Read "Peck's Bad Boys."

    U.S. historical events that occurred on September 28:

    1542: Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo arrives in the area of present-day San Diego.
    1781: American forces begin their seige of Yorktown Heights during the Revolution.

  • September 28

    Wisconsin's Governors

    Gov. George Peck, Wisconsin's 17th governor, was born in New York state on this date in 1840. He moved to the Whitewater area when he was a young boy. In 1855 Boyd began working as an apprentice at the Whitewater Republican. He also worked at the Jefferson County Republican and Wisconsin State Journal before he enlisted to fight in the Civil War. After the war, Peck continued to work in newspapers, starting the Ripon Representative and the Sun in Milwaukee. He became well known and was regarded as one of the most original, versatile and entertaining writers in the country. He was elected mayor of Milwaukee in 1890 and governor the following year. He served two terms and was defeated in his try for a third. Peck returned to his writing and was the author of several humorous books, the most notable being the "Peck's Bad Boy" series. Died: April 16, 1916.

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