Frederick Jackson Turner

Frederick Jackson Turner (HMD6P)

Location: Portage, WI 53901 Columbia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 32.375', W 89° 27.695'

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1861 - 1932

Considered the most important historian of the United States in the twentieth century, Frederick Jackson Turner brought a new understanding to the meaning of the American experience. He was born in Portage; his father was Andrew Jackson Turner, a longtime local newspaper editor and activist. Young Turner left Portage to study at the University of Wisconsin in Madison (B.A. 1884, M.A. 1888) and John Hopkins University in Baltimore (Ph. D 1890). He taught at the University of Wisconsin (1889-1910) and at Harvard University (1910-24) and, after a Madison stay, became senior research associate at the Huntington Library in California (1927-32). Turner's essay on "The Significance of the Frontier in American History," delivered in Chicago in 1893, reoriented the study of American history toward the nation's westward migration and its consequences. For over a half century Turner's frontier thesis, along with his own and his students' emphasis on the history of sections of the U.S., new research resources, and environmentalism, defined the American character and dominated research and teaching on the American experience.
HM NumberHMD6P
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number317
Year Placed1993
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 12:16pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 301121 N 4823681
Decimal Degrees43.53958333, -89.46158333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 32.375', W 89° 27.695'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 32' 22.50" N, 89° 27' 41.70" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 238 W Wisconsin St, Portage WI 53901, US
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