Wisconsin History Day By Day

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"The University of Wisconsin: A Pictoral History" by Arthur Hove



Interesting Fact:

Even though the territorial legislature provided for the establishement of a university, it wasn't until February 1849 that the first class was held.

Study Questions:

  • Why did it take 11 years from 1838 before the University of Wisconsin was started?
  • Were other locations considered for the University of Wisconsin besides Madison?
  • What other Wisconsin colleges were founded before 1850?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on January 19:

    1809: Author Edgar Allan Poe is born in Boston.
    1955: A presidential news conference appears on television for the first time.

  • January 19

    January 19, 1838: The territorial legislature provided for the establishment of a university at or near Madison. The grant for the use of land within the territory was approved by Congress and President Van Buren.

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