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History at Home: Gov. Nathaniel P. Tallmadge

Event Type: Library Event
Date: 1/16/2020
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM
Description:
 Local historian Tracy Reinhardt will tell the remarkable story of Nathaniel Potter Tallmadge (1795-1864), the second territorial governor of Wisconsin, Fond du Lac landowner, founder of Rienzi Cemetery and the most powerful politician of 1844, who brought down a U.S. president. Free. No registration.

Tallmadge was one of nine children, most of whom came with him to Wisconsin from their home in New York. As a young boy, he learned Latin with a young shoemaker who came to make shoes for the family. He was a fierce debater, which won him acclaim at the start of his political career, which included serving in the New York State Senate. John C. Calhoun was a regular debate opponent and a friend. After retiring to Wisconsin, he became a national spokesman for the Spiritualism movement. He was a devotee of seances and was convinced he was visited by spirits.

History at Home focuses on stories about the area's past every third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. (no program in December). The programs are free; no registration required. Many History at Home programs are captured on video and shared on the library's YouTube channel. That link can be found at fdlpl.org/miss-program.

History at Home focuses on stories about the area's past every third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. (no program in December). The programs are free; no registration required. Many History at Home programs are captured on video and shared on the library's YouTube channel. That link can be found at fdlpl.org/miss-program.

Location: Eugene G. McLane Meeting Room