An earlier column on this blog looked at the odd way in which the founding of Madison has been given as 1809 and which has led to the city’s 200th anniversary being set for 2009—even though the only thing that happened in 1809 was John Paul’s purchase of the land on which lots were later created.
As pointed out, the first settler within the land that became Old Town Madison, John Henry Wagner, arrived in 1808 and no lots were sold until 1811. But beyond that is the question of the status of
The first act specifically naming
The usual report is that
Besides the 1824 action, there were more involving
As a town,