1804 – Michael Frank Born

On this date , noted education leader in Wisconsin, was born in New York. Michael moved to the Wisconsin Territory in 1839, settling in Kenosha. He was inspired by Horace Mann’s fight for free schooling in Massachusetts. Frank’s cause attracted many followers in Wisconsin and in April, 1845 he celebrated the . By the summer of 1845, Wisconsin had five free schools in operation. Wisconsin became one of the first of three states west of New England to offer free education. [Source: by Fred L. Holmes,  p. 78-92]