Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
A Brief History of Madison

Historic Madison,Inc.

Madison, Wisconsin: A Brief History

Read More About It

"Madison Past and Present" published by the Wisconsin State Journal

"Madison: A History of the Formative Years" by David V. Mollenhoff

"The Journal," 1975, by Historic Madison, Inc.



Interesting Fact:

The first settlers of Madison were Yankees from the eastern states. They were soon followed by German, Irish and Norwegian immigrants.

Study Questions:

  • What was the population of Madison in 1846?
  • How long was Madison a village before it became a city?
  • When was your community incorporated?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on February 3:

    1809: The territory of Illinois is created.
    1913: The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, leading the way to a federal income tax.
    1959: "The day the music died." Rock and roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, aka "The Big Bopper," are killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

  • February 3

    February 3, 1846: Madison was incorporated as a village. For the first time since its founding in 1836, Madison leaders had the power to make their own laws and raise taxes.

    February 3, 1846 Wisconsin Argus

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