Nathan Dane

Nathan Dane (HMP6F)

Location: Dane, WI 53529 Dane County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 15.037', W 89° 29.812'

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Dane County was created by the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature in 1836. Judge James Doty had convinced the Legislature to select Madison as the Capital and name the surrounding county in honor of Nathan Dane, a compiler of the Ordinance of 1787, which established the Northwest Territory.

Doty told legislators, "Read the Ordinance of 1787 attentively — it is the fundamental law of the country."

Dane was born in Massachusetts in 1752. He served in the Confederation Congress 1785-87. The Congress unanimously passed the Northwest Ordinance with a major amendment by Dane: "There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in said territory," — it also contained a bill of rights four years before the Constitution's Bill of Rights. Ordinance provision also laid the foundation for the government of 32 states beyond the Northwest Territory.

Dane served in both houses of his state's Legislature. He died in 1835. His epitaph read: "His fame belongs to his country. Let the gratitude of future ages cherish it."
HM NumberHMP6F
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Dane County Historical Society series
Marker Number42
Year Placed2005
Placed ByThe Dane County Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 7:44am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 297309 N 4791673
Decimal Degrees43.25061667, -89.49686667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 15.037', W 89° 29.812'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 15' 2.22" N, 89° 29' 48.72" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 302 E Main St, Dane WI 53529, US
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