Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Erected 1972 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 11.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Communications. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1861.
Location. 43° 4.723′ N, 89° 23.206′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Gorham Street and North Pinckney Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 East Gorham Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Period Garden Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Mansion Hill Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Timothy Brown House (within shouting distance of this marker); Bashford House (within shouting distance of this marker); Pierce House (within shouting distance of this marker); Kendall House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Keenan House (about 300 feet away); Old Governor's Mansion (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Regarding Keyes House. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "This brick Italianate style house was originally built for Lansing W. Hoyt, a local land speculator, and his wife Melvina in 1853. It was later occupied Elizabeth and Elisha W. Keyes, a powerful state and local political 'boss' who was appointed postmaster by Abraham Lincoln in 1861. In the 19th century postmasters wielded a great deal of political power because they controlled many jobs that they could give to political supporters. Keyes was elected Mayor of Madison in 1865 and again in 1866 and 1886. In the Progressive era, 'Fighting Bob' La Follette made Keyes the symbol, somewhat undeservedly, of the political corruption of big business.
"The original front yard of this house has been preserved as Period Garden
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 878 times since then and 169 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 13, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.