Cottage Grove in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Wisconsin Granger Movement
William R. Taylor, local farm leader and Master of this Grange, was elected the Granger Governor of Wisconsin in 1874. He became a contributing force in the efforts to regulate railroads in the state. Ultimately, from these efforts and with the support of the Granges throughout the state, the Railroad Commission was established, later to become the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.
These achievements boosted Wisconsin to a preeminent position as a national leader in public utility regulation.
Erected 1978 by the Dane County Historical Society. (Marker Number 17.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Dane County Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 5.202′ N, 89° 12.626′ W. Marker is in Cottage Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cottage Grove WI 53527, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Alexander Smith House (approx. 4.1 miles away); Conical Mound (approx. 4.2 miles away); Drohman Farm (approx. 4.4 miles away); Hiestand School (approx. 4.9 miles away); Hiestand Park (approx. 5.1 miles away); Boutell House (approx. 5.4 miles away); Reindahl Memorial Park (approx. 5.9 miles away); Edna Taylor Conservation Park (approx. 5.9 miles away).
Regarding The Wisconsin Granger Movement. According to the Houghton Mifflin Reader's Companion to American History, the Granger Movement was a 19th-century political movement by farmers. It began on December 4, 1867, in Washington, D.C., with the formation of a secret fraternal society for farmers called the National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry. During the next decade it spread rapidly, fed by agrarian desperation over hard times, high railroad shipping rates, and tight money, and by 1875, the membership had passed 850,000. Its central issue was the exploitation of farmers by railroads, merchants, and banks and its remedies for those
Categories. • Agriculture • Politics • Railroads & Streetcars •
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