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WISCONSIN WI                                             Political  History
  • May 29, 1848 - Wisconsin is the 30th state admitted to the Union. 
    Area - 65,500 sq. miles        Capital - Madison  
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    Motto - Forward    Nickname - Badger State
- Wisconsin became part of British colonial territory in the 1763 Treaty of Paris.
- Wisconsin becomes a territory of the United States in 1783; the British remain in the region.
- The governing units for the Wisconsin area prior to statehood were:
- Northwest Territory; 1787-1800  -  Indiana Territory; 1800-1809
- Illinois Territory; 1809-1818  -  Michigan Territory; 1818-1836
- Wisconsin Territory; 1836-1848
- The Capital is moved from Belmont to the permanent site of Madison in 1836.  James Doty having plotted out the makings of a new city calling it Madison and convinced the Legislature to move the capital to the city not yet built.            
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- Wisconsin becomes the nation's 30th state in 1848.
- Governor Nelson Dewey is inaugurated on June 7, 1838.
- 1853 Wisconsin is the third state in 1853 to abolish Capital punishment.
- Whigs and Democrats opposed to slavery bolt the parties to organize the Republican party in 1854 at Ripon, Wisconsin.
-  In 1854 the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 is ruled unconstitutional by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
- The U.S. Supreme Court in 1859 reverses the 1854 Wisconsin court decision upholding the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.
- The free high school law passes in 1875. 
- Women become eligible for election to school boards in 1875.
- Republicans defeat Grangers in 1875.
- The 1889 Bennett Law passes requiring classroom instruction in English.
- Bible reading and prayers in public Schools are prohibited in 1889 by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the “Edgerton Bible case”.
- In 1891 the Bennett Law of 1889 is repealed after opposition from German Protestants and Catholics.
- 1900 is the year that Interstate Park in Polk County becomes Wisconsin's first state park.
- The first Wisconsin-born Governor, Robert M. La Follette, is inaugurated in 1901.
- The 1904 Primary election law is approved by referendum vote.
- The 1908 Income tax amendment adopted.
- Milwaukee elected Emil Seidel is elected first Socialist mayor in 1910.
- Direct election of Wisconsin's U.S. senators is approved in 1913.
- The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified by the Wisconsin legislature in 1919.
- Eighteenth Amendment on Prohibition is ratified in 1919.      © Copyright 2005 Roger W Hancock
- In 1920, Wisconsin is the first state to deliver the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Congress in Washington D.C. (The amendment grants Women the right to vote) 
- Equal rights for women and prohibition laws are enacted in 1921.
- Robert M. La Follette becomes the Progressive Party candidate for president in 1924.
- Wisconsin is the first in the nation to enact an unemployment-compensation law in 1932.
- The Wisconsin Progressive Party is reformed in 1934. 
- Lieutenant Governor Goodland is seated, by the State Supreme Court, as acting governor when Governor-elect Loomis dies in 1942. 
- Abolitionists meet in Ripon and create the Republican Party in 1854.
- The Wisconsin Progressive Party disbands in 1946 to rejoin the Republican Party.
- Selective sales tax and income tax withholding are enacted in 1962.
- The 1964 Legislature enacts property tax relief for for the aged.
- The school compulsory attendance age is raised to 18 in 1965.
- In 1969 The selective sales tax is replaced with a general sales tax.
- Barbara Thompson, in 1973, is the first woman elected to the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction.             
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- In 1974 Democrats sweep all constitutional offices gaining control of both houses in the 1975 Legislature, the first time since 1893.
- Kathryn Morrison is the first woman elected to the state senate in 1974.
- Judge Shirley S. Abrahamson is appointed becoming the first woman to serve on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. In 1979, she is elected to the same judicial post.

- The Wisconsin Supreme Court in 1978 allows cameras in state courtrooms. 
- Vel Phillips is elected as the first Black Secretary of State. She is the first Black constitutional officer.
- Former Governor Lucey in 1980 runs as an independent candidate for U.S. Vice President.
- In 1981 the U.S. Supreme Court rules against Wisconsin's historic open primary.
- The Democratic National Committee rules change causing the State party in 1984 to chose presidential convention delegates in caucuses rather than by presidential preference primary.
- In 1987 Voters approved constitutional amendments that allow pari-mutuel betting and a state lottery.
- 1991 Governor Tommy G. Thompson vetoes a record 457 items in the 1991 state budget.
- A 1992 Law requires parental consent for a child to have an abortion.
- Wisconsin Congressman Les Aspin is named President Bill Clinton's Secretary of Defense in 1993.
- UW-Madison President Donna Shalala in 1993 is named President Bill Clinton's Secretary of Health and Human Services.
- In 1993 Republicans win control of the state senate for the first time since 1974.
- Republicans in 1995 win control of the state assembly for the first time since 1970.
- Tammy Baldwin becomes the first Wisconsin woman elected to the U.S. Congress in 1998.
- U.S. Supreme Court in 1998 upholds the constitutionality of the extension of Milwaukee Parental Choice school vouchers to religious schools.
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- New 1998 Laws enacted included penalties for failure to pay child support and protection for the unborn.
- Governor Tommy Thompson begins his forth term in 1999 setting a new record.
- Governor Thompson resigns ending his record 14 years in office in 2001 to assume the post of U.S.Secretary of Health and Human Services.
- Lt. Governor Scott McCallum assumes the governorship in 2001. 
- State Senator Margaret Farrow is the first woman to serve as lieutenant governor when appointed in 2001 by Governor McCallum.
- 2003 Wisconsin state Senator of 23 years, Gary George, is defeated in a recall election by state Rep. Spencer Coggs.

One Vote Counts in Wisconsin.
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