Fun Fact: The Man Who Abolished the Death Penalty in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor Leonard J. Farwell abolished the death penalty after the state’s only execution went horribly wrong. A man was hanged for killing his wife. But something didn’t go right and onlookers watched him suffer for over half an hour. This law still stands today.

Fun Fact: Wisconsin Etymology

Wisconsin originally got it’s name from “Ouisconsin” a old name for the Wisconsin river which was named by Native Americans. It’s original meaning has been lost into history, but theories usually pin it down to something that matches the river. Like “red stone place”, “gathering of the waters”, or “great rock” for example.