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Solomon Juneau: Founder of Milwaukee

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Interesting Fact:

When Solomon Juneau bought and platted the land that is now present day Milwaukee, he first called it Juneau Town.

Study Questions:

  • Solomon Juneau founded the community of Theresa. Why did he give it that name?
  • From whom did Juneau buy the fur trading post in 1819?
  • What was Juneau's first name that he later dropped?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on August 9:

    1854: "Walden" written by Henry David Thoreau, is published.
    1945: The U.S. drops a second atom bomb on Japan, this time on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 74,000 people.
    1974: Gerald Ford becomes president of the U.S. as President Richard Nixon's resignation takes effect.

  • August 9

    August 9, 1793: Solomon Juneau, fur trader and founder of Milwaukee, was born on this day in Canada. Juneau bought a trading post on the Menominee River in 1819, the site of Milwaukee. He became a fur trader for the American Fur Co. He built the first log house in Milwaukee in 1822 and the first frame building in 1824. Juneau formed a partnership with Morgan Martin in 1833 to develop a village of the east side of the Milwaukee River. He was appointed Milwaukee's first postmaster in 1835 and began publication of the Milwaukee Sentinel and organized the village government in 1837. Juneau was Milwaukee's first village president and first city mayor. He moved to Keshena in 1852. Died: November 14, 1856.

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