Marker 103: Nelson Dewey / First Governor of Wisconsin

Erected 1961 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Lancaster, Grant County, Wisconsin
42° 50.743′ N, 90° 42.631′ W

When Nelson Dewey left his parents' home at Hamilton, New York, at the age of 23, he traveled by stage coach, steamer, sailing vessel, horse-back, and on foot to reach Wisconsin. The trip took five weeks, and Dewey arrived in Cassville in June of 1836, about two weeks before Wisconsin was officially established as a territory. He soon became interested and active in politics and when Grant County was organized the next year, he became its first Register of Deeds and moved to Lancaster. Next he entered the Territorial Legislature, and when Wisconsin became the 30th state in 1848, Dewey was elected its first governor. Because of his election to such a high office at the age of 35, many people expected him to continue in a political career but he disliked politics and returned to Grant County. In 1854 he began to acquire land at Cassville and developed a 2,000 acre plantation, which he called "Stonefield," today preserved in Nelson Dewey State Park. He died July 20, 1889 and his was the last burial in this cemetery.
The marker is located on South Jefferson Street, between West Walnut Street and West Oak Street, Lancaster, Wisconsin 53813.

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Some of the very old headstones at the cemetery.

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