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JUNEAU, Laurent Solomon, pioneer, born in L'Assumption parish, near Montreal, Canada, 9 August, 1793; died in Shawano, Wisconsin, 14 November, 1856. He was of Alsatian descent. In 1816 he went to Macldnaw and became clerk to J aques Vieau, a fur trader. In 1821 he was the first white settler in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and erected a house and store of tamaracpoles, near the present intersection of Wisconsin and East Water streets. He continued to trade in furs, and was one of the most trusted friends of John Jacob Astor, Ramsay Crooks, and other members of the American fur company, of which he was for years the agent. During his residence of fifteen years among the Indians he acquired influence over them. When he died they cared for his remains and buried them. He was the first postmaster of Milwaukee, its first mayor, and, with Morgan L. Martin, the builder of the first court house that was erected in Wisconsin, which he presented to Milwaukee. He was unable to retain possession of his property, and died in poverty and debt. His remains have been recently removed to Milwaukee, and in 1887 a heroic statue, presented to the city of Milwaukee, was erected in Juneau park through the munificence of the firm of Bradley and Met-calf, of that city. See accompanying illustration.
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