Nelson Dewey

Nelson Dewey (HME6C)

Location: Lancaster, WI 53813 Grant County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 50.743', W 90° 42.631'

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First Governor of Wisconsin

When Nelson Dewey left his parents' home at Hamilton, New York, at the age of 23, he traveled by stage coach, steamer, sailing vessel, horse-back, and on foot to reach Wisconsin. The trip took five weeks, and Dewey arrived in Cassville in June of 1836, about two weeks before Wisconsin was officially established as a territory. He soon became interested and active in politics and when Grant County was organized the next year, he became its first Register of Deeds and moved to Lancaster. Next he entered the Territorial Legislature, and when Wisconsin became the 30th state in 1848, Dewey was elected its first governor. Because of his election to such a high office at the age of 35, many people expected him to continue in a political career but he disliked politics and returned to Grant County. In 1854 he began to acquire land at Cassville and developed a 2,000 acre plantation, which he called "Stonefield," today preserved in Nelson Dewey State Park. He died July 20, 1889 and his was the last burial in this cemetery.
HM NumberHME6C
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number103
Year Placed1961
Placed ByWisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 6:50pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 687082 N 4746224
Decimal Degrees42.84571667, -90.71051667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 50.743', W 90° 42.631'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 50' 44.58" N, 90° 42' 37.86" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300-398 S Jefferson St, Lancaster WI 53813, US
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