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

Patrick Joseph Lucey

Governor of Wisconsin, 1971 – 1977

Patrick Joseph Lucey Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, October 7, 2009
1. Patrick Joseph Lucey Marker
Inscription.  Patrick J. Lucey was born in La Crosse on March 21, 1918, to Ferryville parents, Gregory C. and Ella McNamara Lucey. He was educated at Campion Academy, College of St. Thomas, and the University of Wisconsin.

Lucey served in the U.S. Army during World War II and earned a bachelor's degree in 1946 from the University of Wisconsin. Lucey began his political career while managing his father's many businesses and agricultural interests in and around Ferryville. In 1947, Lucey was elected to the Ferryville School Board and became the local justice of the peace. The next year he won the Crawford County Assembly seat in an upset over State Assembly Speaker Donald McDowell. Lucey lost his bid for the U.S. Congress in 1950, after which he joined with other progressives to rebuild the state’s Democratic Party. In 1951, Lucey married Jean Vlasis of Milwaukee. Lucey used his post as State Chairman of the Democratic Party to help John F. Kennedy win the 1960 Wisconsin presidential primary, and later worked on the unsuccessful presidential bids of Senators Robert Kennedy in 1968 and Edward Kennedy in 1980. Lucey was elected Lieutenant Governor in
Patrick Joseph Lucey Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, October 7, 2009
2. Patrick Joseph Lucey Marker
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1964, and in 1970 was elected to the first of two terms as governor of Wisconsin. During his tenure, Lucey instituted the historic merger of two state university systems into the University of Wisconsin System, overhauled the state shared tax formula, upgraded state courts with new appellate courts, realigned health institutions, introduced post-Watergate ethics and campaign finance reforms, and championed forward-looking agriculture land preservation, stricter environmental regulations, and progressive energy policies. In 1977, Lucey was appointed Ambassador to Mexico by President Jimmy Carter, serving in this position until 1979. When John B. Anderson ran for president as an independent in 1980, Lucey ran for vice president on the ticket.
Erected 2009 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 528.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #35 John F. Kennedy, the Former U.S. Presidents: #39 James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr., and the Wisconsin Historical Society series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1869.
Location. 43° 20.815′ N, 91° 5.771′ W. Marker is in Ferryville, Wisconsin, in Crawford County. Marker is on
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Main Street (State Highway 35) near Hickory Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is next to an observation deck that overlooks the Mississippi River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ferryville WI 54628, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Walnut Mound Veterans Memorial (approx. 7 miles away); Winneshiek’s Landing (approx. 7.8 miles away); Chief Win-no-shik, the Elder (approx. 7.8 miles away); Black Hawk Trail (approx. 8 miles away); a different marker also named Black Hawk Trail (approx. 8 miles away); Black Hawk and Winnebago Trail (approx. 8.3 miles away); Rafting on the Mississippi (approx. 8.4 miles away); a different marker also named Black Hawk Trail (approx. 8˝ miles away).
More about this marker. The dedication of the marker was on September 28, 2009. Neil Shively, retired bureau chief of the Milwaukee Sentinel, was instrumental in the creation of the text and with the fund raising for the marker. Ferryville Vision and Promotion Board had been the local sponsor, organizer and leader for the marker.
Also see . . .
1. Patrick Joseph Lucey. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on November 8, 2009.) 

2. A fitting honor for Ferryville’s native son, Patrick Lucey. "The 4-by-6-foot marker (it was to have been a 2-foot sign, but the governor's accomplishments wouldn't fit in the space) sits just a stone's throw down the highway from where the Lucey family lived." (Submitted on November 8, 2009.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,540 times since then and 47 times this year. Last updated on September 7, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 8, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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