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Interesting Fact:

Many of the legislators stayed at the American Hotel. It had eight rooms that could accommodate 26 people. Others stayed at the smaller Madison House.

Study Questions:

  • Why did the legislators meet in the hotel rather than the Capitol?
  • Where in Madison was the American Hotel located?
  • Was the territorial legislature comprised of people from all parts of the Wisconsin Territory? Did each legislator represent a specific district of the territory? If so, how large were the districts?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on February 26:

    1993: Islamic extremists exploded a bomb in the parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City.

  • February 26

    February 26, 1838: The Territorial Legislature met in Madison for the first time, convening at the American Hotel.

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