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Viroqua in Vernon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Governor Rusk

 
 
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By Keith L, June 6, 2010
1. Governor Rusk Marker
Inscription. Jeremiah McLain Rusk, who owned and lived on this farm, was born June 17, 1830 in Deerfield, Ohio. In 1853 he moved to Viroqua. He served with distinction in the Civil War and in the United States Congress. As Governor (1882-1889) Rusk gained national prominence for his support of striking railroad workers. Later in May 1886 he was widely acclaimed for suppressing the Milwaukee riots and for his statement "I seen my duty and I done it." As the first United States Secretary of Agriculture (1889-1893) Rusk sought to promote the interests of the farmer by encouraging scientific research, inspection of meat exports and eradication of horse and cattle disease. Weighing about 250 pounds and 6'3" tall, with grey hair and flowing beard, "Uncle Jerry" Rusk was a colorful personality who won the respect and admiration of people in all walks of life.
 
Erected 1958 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 83.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 34.409′ N, 90° 53.314′ W. Marker is in Viroqua, Wisconsin, in Vernon County. Marker is on North Main Street (U.S. 14/61) 0.1 miles south of County Highway BB, on the right when
Governor Rusk Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
2. Governor Rusk Marker
traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at a highway pull-off. Marker is in this post office area: Viroqua WI 54665, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lucy Stone (approx. one mile away); Viroqua's First Settler (approx. 1.1 miles away); Jeremiah McLain Rusk (approx. 1.6 miles away); John McCulloch (approx. 6.3 miles away); Black Hawk Trail (approx. 11.3 miles away); Nation's First Watershed Project (approx. 11.5 miles away); a different marker also named Black Hawk Trail (approx. 11.7 miles away); a different marker also named Black Hawk Trail (approx. 11.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Viroqua.
 
Also see . . .
1. Jeremiah McLain Rusk. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on June 10, 2010.) 

2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. (Submitted on June 10, 2010.)
 
Categories. AgricultureGovernmentNotable Persons
 
Governor Rusk Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
3. Governor Rusk Marker
The farm is now a car dealership.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 482 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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