Catalogue of the Wisconsin State Library, 1881 (Classic Reprint)
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Excerpt from Catalogue of the Wisconsin State Library, 1881
The State Library had its origin in the generous appropriation of out of the general treasury, by congress, contained in the seventeenth sec tion of the organic act, creating the territory of Wisconsin. At the first ses sion of the territorial legislature, held at Belmont in 1836, a joint resolution was adopted, appointing the Hon. John M. Clayton, of Delaware (through whose instrumentality the clause in the organic act making the appropria tion was inserted), Hon. Lewis F. Linn, of Missouri, Hon. G. W. Jones, then delegate in congress from this territory (which at that time included what now constitutes the state of Iowa, as well as Wisconsin), and Hon. Peter Hill Engle, the speaker of the first territorial house of representatives, a committee to select and purchase a library for the use of the territory, and authorizing them to draw the sum appropriated for that purpose from the federal treasury. Mr. Engle was the active member of the committee, and made the selections and purchases, with the approval of the other members. James Clarke. Publisher of the Belmont Gazette, and first territorial printer, was the first librarian.
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