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Madison's origins begin in 1829, when former federal judge James Duane Doty purchased over a thousand acres of swamp and forest land on the isthmus between Lakes Mendota and Monona, with the intention of building a city in the Four Lakes region. When the Wisconsin Territory was created in 1836 the territorial legislature convened in Belmont, Wisconsin. One of the legislature's tasks was to select a permanent location for the territory's capital. Doty lobbied aggressively for Madison as the new capital, offering buffalo robes to the freezing legislators and promising choice Madison lots at discount prices to undecided voters. He had James Slaughter plat two cities in the area, Madison and "The City of Four Lakes", near present-day Middleton.

Doty named the city Madison for James Madison, the fourth President of the U.S. who had died on June 28, 1836 and he named the streets for the other 39 signers of the U.S. Constitution.

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  • 1836 - Madison, Wisconsin founded

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  • 1854 - Madison
    Madison,. capital of the state of Wisconsin, and seat of justice of Dane county, is pleasantly situated on an isthmus between Third lake and Fourth...Read MORE...


  • News 1879 - A MADISON BLAZE. One of the Finest Blocks in the City Gutted
    Soon after one o'clock this afternoon the third and upper story of the great stone building at the southwest corner of Main and Pinckney streets, and ...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Madison
    Madison, a city, the capital of Wisconsin, and seat of justice of Dane co., is pleasantly situated on an isthmus between Lakes Mendota and Monona, 80 ...Read MORE...


  • 1901 - Madison - The City of the Four Lakes by Rueben G. Thwarts
    In 1836, that portion of Michigan Territory which lay west of Lake Michigan, was erected into the Territory of Wisconsin. Within the borders of the...Read MORE...


  • News 1904 - FIRE RUINED THE CAPITOL WISCONSIN'S MAGNIFICENT CAPITOL BUILDING TOTALLY DESTROYED BY FIRE ONE MILLION DOLLAR LOSS
    LOSS IS FIXED AT $1,000,000 EXCLUSIVE OF VALUABLE RELICS BURNED
    THERE WAS LITTLE OR NO INSURANCE ON THE BUILDING, THE STATE HAVING CHANGED FROM...Read MORE...


  • 1906
    Madison, a city, the capital of Wisconsin and seat of justice of Dane co., is pleasantly situated on an isthmus between lakes Mendota and Monona, 82...Read MORE...


  • News 1907 - RESCUED IN NICK OF TIME.
    Miss Lyla Ransom and E. S. Burnett Narrowly Escape Drowning in Lake Mendota.
    (Special to The Northwestern.)
    Madison, Wis., Aug. 24. - After one of...Read MORE...


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  • 1836 - Madison, Wisconsin founded

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1854 - Madison
    Madison,. capital of the state of Wisconsin, and seat of justice of Dane county, is pleasantly situated on an isthmus between Third lake and Fourth... Read MORE...

  • News  1879 - A MADISON BLAZE. One of the Finest Blocks in the City Gutted
    Soon after one o'clock this afternoon the third and upper story of the great stone building at the southwest corner of Main and Pinckney streets, and ... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Madison
    Madison, a city, the capital of Wisconsin, and seat of justice of Dane co., is pleasantly situated on an isthmus between Lakes Mendota and Monona, 80 ... Read MORE...

  • 1901 - Madison - The City of the Four Lakes by Rueben G. Thwarts
    In 1836, that portion of Michigan Territory which lay west of Lake Michigan, was erected into the Territory of Wisconsin. Within the borders of the... Read MORE...

  • News  1904 - FIRE RUINED THE CAPITOL WISCONSIN'S MAGNIFICENT CAPITOL BUILDING TOTALLY DESTROYED BY FIRE ONE MILLION DOLLAR LOSS
    LOSS IS FIXED AT $1,000,000 EXCLUSIVE OF VALUABLE RELICS BURNED
    THERE WAS LITTLE OR NO INSURANCE ON THE BUILDING, THE STATE HAVING CHANGED FROM... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Madison, a city, the capital of Wisconsin and seat of justice of Dane co., is pleasantly situated on an isthmus between lakes Mendota and Monona, 82... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - RESCUED IN NICK OF TIME.
    Miss Lyla Ransom and E. S. Burnett Narrowly Escape Drowning in Lake Mendota.
    (Special to The Northwestern.)
    Madison, Wis., Aug. 24. - After one of... Read MORE...

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