1836 – Governor Dodge Signs First Law

On this date territorial governor, , signed the first law passed by the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature. The law prescribed how the legislators were to behave, and how other citizens were to behave towards them. For example, it authorized “the Assembly to punish by fine and imprisonment every person, not a member, who shall be guilty of disrespect, disorderly or contemptous behavior, threats, in the legislature or interference with witnesses to the legislature; also to expel on a two thirds majority inĀ either house a member of its own body…” This did not keep the members from vociferous arguments, fist fights, or even shooting one another (see this )