Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
Wisconsin Towns Associations

UW Extension Local Government Center

Understanding Wisconsin Township, Range, and Section Land Descriptions

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"Wisconsin Government" by the Wisconsin Historical Society

"Local Government in Wisconsin" by James Donoghue, Wisconsin Blue Book, 1979-1980

"The Framework of Your Wisconsin Government" by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance


town system

Interesting Fact:

There are 1,265 towns in Wisconsin.

Study Questions:

  • How does the town system work?
  • Why do you think the New England form of government was adopted in Wisconsin? (Hint: Where did most of the early Wisconsin legislators come from?)
  • What towns are in your area?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on February 18:

    1861: Jefferson Davis is sworn in as president of the Confederate States of America.

  • February 18

    February 18, 1841: The town system of local government, popular in New England, was adopted by the Legislative Assembly.

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