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Lancaster in Grant County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Nelson Dewey

First Governor of Wisconsin

 
 
Nelson Dewey, First Governor of Wisconsin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, August 7, 2009
1. Nelson Dewey, First Governor of Wisconsin Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 1961 by Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 103.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 50.743′ N, 90° 
Cemetery where Nelson Dewey, First Governor of Wisconsin, is buried image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, August 7, 2009
2. Cemetery where Nelson Dewey, First Governor of Wisconsin, is buried
42.631′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, Wisconsin, in Grant County. Marker is on South Jefferson Street 0 miles north of East Oak Street, on the right. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lancaster WI 53813, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First Civil War Monument (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pleasant Ridge (approx. 4.5 miles away); a different marker also named Pleasant Ridge (approx. 5.3 miles away); The "Dinky" (approx. 10.1 miles away).
 
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Gravestone of Nelson Dewey, First Governor of Wisconsin image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, January 20, 2005
3. Gravestone of Nelson Dewey, First Governor of Wisconsin
Gravestone of Nelson Dewey, First Governor of Wisconsin image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, August 7, 2009
4. Gravestone of Nelson Dewey, First Governor of Wisconsin
Statue of Nelson Dewey, First Governor of Wisconsin image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, August 7, 2009
5. Statue of Nelson Dewey, First Governor of Wisconsin
This statue is located at the Grant County Courthouse, two blocks from the cemetery and historical marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gordon Govier of Monona, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 825 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Gordon Govier of Monona, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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