“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Soldiers Grove in Crawford County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

James Davidson

James Davidson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, June 6, 2010
1. James Davidson Marker
Inscription.  Product of a small American community, James O. Davidson's life illustrates the romance of citizenship in a democracy. Born 1854 in Norway, where he received little formal education, he emigrated in 1872 and was a farmer and tailor before coming in 1877 to Soldiers Grove. A leading merchant here for twenty-three years, "Yim" was village president, village treasurer, assemblyman, state treasurer and lieutenant-governor before he attained the governorship, 1906-1911. As governor, he introduced the law providing for bank examiners and promoted legislation giving the railroad commission jurisdiction over most public utilities. He was visionary and popular without being spectacular. He had strong convictions, cool judgment and keen administrative ability. He died December 16, 1922 and was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison.
Erected 1961 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 112.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureCemeteries & Burial Sites
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Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1993.
Location. 43° 23.15′ N, 90° 45.773′ W. Marker is near Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, in Crawford County. Marker is on Pine Street (U.S. 61) north of Sunbeam Boulevard / Halverson Ridge Road, on the left when traveling south. Marker is south of Soldiers Grove at a highway pull-off. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Soldiers Grove WI 54655, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Soldiers Grove Origin (approx. 0.9 miles away); Beauford T. Anderson (approx. 4.1 miles away); Gays Mills Apple Orchards (approx. 6.3 miles away); Cliff Swallows (approx. 6.4 miles away); Gays Mills Sesquicentennial (approx. 6.4 miles away); Black Hawk Trail (approx. 10.1 miles away); John McCulloch (approx. 10.4 miles away); Jeremiah McLain Rusk (approx. 12.9 miles away).
Also see . . .  James O. Davidson. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on June 8, 2010.)
James Davidson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, June 6, 2010
2. James Davidson Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,504 times since then and 117 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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