Father Samuel Mazzuchelli

Father Samuel Mazzuchelli (HM118M)

Location: Benton, WI 53803 Lafayette County
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N 42° 34.365', W 90° 24.048'

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In 1835 Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, Dominican missionary, came to the lead region from the Green Bay-Mackinac frontier. One year later he addressed the opening session of the territorial legislature. Soon he was establishing schools and preparing teachers for the children of the settlers. In 1847 he formed Wisconsin's first teaching sisterhood, the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. At Benton he founded St. Clara Academy and taught science with the earliest laboratory instruments. To the Irish miners this American from Italy was "Father Matthew Kelly." To settlers of many creeds he was civic leader and friend, builder of the city of man and the city of God. At his death in 1864 Father Mazzuchelli was interred in the cemetery of St. Patrick's Church in Benton, one of twenty churches he designed and built in the upper Mississippi Valley.
HM NumberHM118M
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number150
Year Placed1966
Placed ByWisconsin State Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 713324 N 4716645
Decimal Degrees42.57275000, -90.40080000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 34.365', W 90° 24.048'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 34' 21.90" N, 90° 24' 2.88" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 694-698 Unnamed Road, Benton WI 53803, US
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