Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Erected 1976 by Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 43.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
Location. 43° 4.558′ N, 89° 23.501′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Henry Street and West Gilman Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 422 N. Henry Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vietnam War protesters and police clashed here (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Woman's Building (about 400 feet away); The Temperance Movement Battled Madison's Breweries (about 500 feet away); Wootton - Mead House (about 500 feet away); Chi Phi Fraternity (about 500 feet away); Suhr House (about 600 feet away); Beecroft House (about 700 feet away); James Mears House (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
Regarding Braley House. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "This Gothic Revival style house was built for Judge Arthur B. and Philinda Braley. Judge Braley was born in New York state and studied law in New York and Delavan, Wisconsin. He came to Madison in 1848 and held the positions of police justice, city attorney and alderperson before being elected as a Dane county judge in 1874, a position which he held until his death in 1889. He was political editor of two local newspapers, a well respected writer, and a lover of Shakespeare. Famous 19th century poet, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, was a close personal friend of the Braleys and visited the house often. Wilcox wrote the famous poem which begins 'laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone.'"
According to David V. Mollenhoff, Madison: A History of the Formative Years (2nd ed.), p. 224, Ella Wheeler Wilcox actually wrote that line at the Braley house, and recited it and several additional stanzas to the Braleys at breakfast. Judge Braley, "who was a Shakespearean scholar, told her that if she finished the poem at the same high standard, it would be a 'literary gem.' Two nights later she finished the poem. It was first published by the New York Sun on February 21, 1883, and in May 1883 appeared in a collection of Wheeler's poetry entitled Poems of Passion, which sold 60,000 copies."
Also see . . .
1. Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Marker near the childhood home of one of the famous visitors to the house.
2. Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the house (pdf).
Additional keywords. Architecture; Late Gothic Revival
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Notable Buildings •
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