Brigadier General Rufus King's House Plaque

     Medium shot image of Brigadeer General Rufus King's Home memorial plaque


The northeastern corner of the N. Van Buren St. & E. Mason St. intersection.  See location in Google Maps.
Features & Materials:  Two-sided Milwaukee County Historical Society marker made of bronze
Aldermanic District:  4th


The Story

Rufus King was a distinguished citizen of Milwaukee, moving here in 1845 from New York to build a life in what was then the Wisconsin Territory.  He became involved with politics as a member of the Wisconsin constitutional convention; worked as an editor at and was part-owner of the Milwaukee Sentinel and Gazette; worked for a short time as superintendent of Milwaukee schools; and also served as a regent of the University of Wisconsin.  Recreationally, he organized and played in the first three baseball games played in the state of Wisconsin, at the old state fairgrounds on what is now the Marquette University Campus.

When the Civil War broke out, he left his brief post as U.S. Minister to Rome and was appointed as a brigadier general of the Wisconsin militia on April 15, 1861, and of U.S. Volunteers on May 17, and was authorized to raise a Wisconsin regiment.  King helped organize what later became known as the famous Iron Brigade, a group made up of Second, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Wisconsin, and Nineteenth Indiana volunteers, which he commanded briefly.

This plaque marks the spot that Rufus King lived with his family while in Milwaukee.  According to the inscription, it was built in 1838 and was a 2-story wooden house.  The corner became known as "King's Corner" for a while due to his residence there.  It was razed in 1915.



Image of the intersection of Van Buren and Mason Streets, where the marker is located. Close-up image of Brigadier General  
Looking toward the northeast corner of the intersection of Van Buren and Mason Streets, where the marker is located. Close-up view of the marker.  


More Info

  1. Brig. Gen. Rufus King's Home Marker - HPC Inventory Sheet

  2. Wikipedia

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