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The history of Columbia County, Wisconsin, containing an account of its settlement, growth, development and resources; an extensive and minute sketch of its cities, towns and villages--their improvements, industries, manufactories, churches, schools and societies; its war record, biographical sketches, portraits of prominent men and early settlers; the whole preceded by a history of Wisconsin, statistics of the state, and an abstract of its laws and constitution and of the constitution of the United States

Butterfield, C. W.
V.--Wisconsin as a state,   pp. 52-109 PDF (28.8 MB)

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population of the State by immigration; the energetic prosecution of internal
under the skillful management of companies; the extension of permanent agricultural
ments; and the rapid growth of the various cities and villages; were among
the encouraging
prospects of the year.
     The sixth session of the Wisconsin legislature commenced on the twelfth
of January, 1853.
 On the twenty-sixth of the same month, William K. Wilson, of Milwaukee,
preferred charges
 in the assembly against Levi Hubbell, judge of the second judicial circuit
of the State, of
 divers acts of corruption and malfeasance in the discharge of the duties
of his office. A resolu-
 tion followed appointing a committee to report articles of impeachment,
directing the members
 thereof to go to the senate and impeach Hubbell. Upon the trial of the judge
before the
 senate, he was acquitted. An act was passed to provide for the election
of a State prison commis-
 sioner by the legislature at that session-to hold his office until the first
day of the ensuing
 January. The office was then to be filled by popular vote at the general
election in November,
 i853-and afterwards biennially-the term of office to be two years from the
first day of Jan-
 uary next succeeding the election by the people. On the 28th of March, the
legislature, in
 joint convention, elected John Taylor to that office. The legislature adjourned
on the fourth
 day of April until the sixth of the following June, when it again met, and
adjourned sine die on
 the thirteenth of July, both sessions aggregating one hundred and thirty-one
     By an act of the legislature approved February 9, 1853, the ,"Wisconsin
State Agricultural
 Society," which had been organized in March, 185 1, was incorporated,
its object being to promote
 and improve the condition of agriculture, horticulture, and the mechanical,
manufacturing and
 household arts. It was soon after taken under the fostering care of the
State by an appropria-
 tion made by the legislature, to be expended by the society in such manner
as it might deem
 best calculated to promote the objects of its incorporation; State aid was
continued down to the
 commencement of the rebellion. No help was extended during the war nor until
1873; since
 which time there has been realized annually from the State a sum commensurate
with its most
 pressing needs. The society has printed seventeen volumes of transactions
and has held annually
 a State fair, except during the civil war. Besides these fairs, its most
important work iĆ½ the
 holding annually, at the capital of the State, a convention for the promotion
of agriculture gen-
 erally. The meetings are largely participated in by men representing the
educational and
 industrial interests of Wisconsin.
     By an act of the legislature approved March 4, 1853, the "State
Historical Society of
Wisconsin" was incorporated-having been previously organized-the object
being to collect,
embody, arrange and preserve in authentic form, a library of books, pamphlets,
maps, charts,
manuscripts, papers, paintings, statuary and other materials illustrative
of the history of the
State; to rescue from oblivion the memory of its early pioneers. and to obtain
and preserve
narratives of their exploits,'perils, and hardy adventures;Ito exhibit faithfully
the antiquities,
and the past and present condition, and resources of Wisconsin. The society
was also author-
ized to take proper steps to promote the study of history by lectures, and
to diffuse and publish
information relating to the description and history of the State. The legislature
soon after took
the society under its fostering care by voting a respectable sum for its
benefit. Liberal State
aid has been continued to the present time. The society, besides collecting
a library of historical
books and pamphlets the largest in the West, has published eight volumes
of collections and a
catalogue of four volumes. Its rooms are in the capitol at Madison, and none
of its property
can be alienated without the consent of the State. It has a valuable collection
of painted por-
traits and bound newspaper'files; and in its cabinet are to be found many
prehistoric relics.
     On the first day of June, 1853, the justices of the new supreme court
went into office : Associate

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