June 18, 1824:
William E. Smith, the 14th governor of Wisconsin, was born on June 18, 1824 in Scotland. He came to America with his family in 1835 where they settled in Michigan. In 1849 Smith moved to Fox Lake to start a business. Within a few months he was elected to the state Legislature. He became state treasurer in 1865 and was speaker of the house in 1871. He was elected to two terms as governor, beginning in 1877. After his political life, Smith moved to Milwaukee where he was known for his educational and philanthropic causes. Died: February 13, 1883.