John Pritzlaff

John Pritzlaff

John was born in the small village of Truskolas, Pomerania which was part of Prussia before German unification. John’s father passed away when he was 19 years of age and this served as an opportunity for him to migrate to the U.S. His first few years were spent on the...

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Henry L. Palmer

Henry L. Palmer

Born and educated Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania and studied law in New York after moving there in 1836.He first practiced law in West Troy, N.Y. and then moved to Milwaukee in 1849.He formed a law practice with Abram Smith, who in 1853 became a member of the Wisconsin...

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Christopher Latham Sholes

Christopher Latham Sholes

Born in Mooresboro, Pennsylvania and apprenticed to a printer in Danville, Pennsylvania. Having learned the elements of the trade by the age of 18, he moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin to work for or with his brothers on the local newspaper. He subsequently took a...

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Guido Pfister

Guido Pfister

Pfister was born Wurttemberg, Germany and emigrated to the US in1845, settling in Milwaukee and opening a small shoe and leather goods store called Buffalo Leather, on West Water (Plankinton) just south of Wisconsin Ave. He would eventually partner with his cousin,...

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William Pitt Lynde

William Pitt Lynde

Lynde was born in Sherburne, N.Y. He was educated at Hamilton Academy, then enrolled in Yale graduating in 1838 and shortly thereafter enrolled in Harvard Law School graduating in 1841. His older brother Charles was already in Milwaukee with an established law...

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Edward D. Holton

Edward D. Holton

Holton is somewhat famous for being Milwaukee’s first sheriff, 1843, and was very active in the abolitionist movement as well as the temperance movement in Wisconsin. He was a big supporter of legislation called the Smith Liquor Law that made sellers of liquor liable...

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Mathilde Franziska Anneke

Mathilde Franziska Anneke

As a Prussian immigrant to Milwaukee, Mathilde Franziska Anneke found herself in legal limbo at a young age, when she filed for divorce during an era when it was nearly forbidden. She would go on to recreate her career as a feminist author and publisher, becoming a...

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Hans Crocker

Hans Crocker

Hans Crocker was born in Dublin, Ireland; his family subsequently migrated to the U.S. settling in Utica N.Y. where he received his basic education. Upon completion of his education he travelled to Chicago and studied law. One became a lawyer by studying with a member...

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Harrison Ludington

Harrison Ludington

Ludington was born in Kent, New York, educated in local schools and followed a pattern of many Yankees, moving west for new opportunity. Ludington arrived in Milwaukee in 1838 when Wisconsin was still a new territory and Milwaukee was still a young city of less than...

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Samuel Daggett

Samuel Daggett

Daggett was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts and like many young men of the day he moved west to the new frontier of the Northwest Territory, namely Wisconsin for opportunity. His initial opportunity in Milwaukee was that of opening jewelry and notions store. Shortly...

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George H. Walker

George H. Walker

Walker was born in Lynchburg Virginia and as a young teenager moved with his family to southern Illinois. He served in the military during the Black Hawk War of 1832 receiving a field commission of Colonel, a title that he would continue to use the rest of his life....

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Horace Chase

Horace Chase

Horace Chase was born into a farming family in Derby, Vermont on Christmas Day. He showed a strong interest in participating in the “trade” taking a job at 17 years of age in a country store in Barton, Vermont. Clearly he had a sense of adventure, taking a position...

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Sherman Booth

Sherman Booth

In 1840 Booth helped organize the Liberty Party, an abolitionist party born from the evangelical American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society. He sought to expand the abolition fight from the churches to the statehouses, and became the party's main organizer for...

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Ezekiel Gillespie

Ezekiel Gillespie

An African-American civil rights and community leader who won a landmark case securing voting rights in Wisconsin, Gillespie purchased his own freedom for $800. After he moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he sold groceries and then worked as a railroad porter. He quickly...

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Byron Kilbourn

Byron Kilbourn

Kilbourn was born in Granby, Connecticut but he is most identified as an Ohioan where he spent most of his youth. His father James Kilbourne served in the War of 1812 and subsequently served in the US Congress for two terms. Kilbourn leaned the surveyor trade in Ohio...

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Frederick Layton

Frederick Layton

Frederick Layton arrived in Milwaukee along with this father John in 1843 and purchased a farm in the Oak Creek area and by 1845 they opened Layton’s Meat Market on Water Street. John was a butcher in England Cambridgeshire. In the early days of the market they...

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Alexander Mitchell

Alexander Mitchell

Mitchel was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland coming to Milwaukee in 1839 to be the secretary to the Wisconsin Marine and Fire Insurance Co. This company was financed by fellow Scotsman George Smith of Chicago who Mitchell would buy out in 1854. While it was always an...

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Henry Harnischfager

Henry Harnischfager

He was born in Salmunster, Germany and received and education thru the 8th grade and then was apprenticed as locksmith prior to migrating to the U.S. in 1872. He worked in various east coast cities also learning the machine tool trade and in 1881 took a position as...

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