LEVI M. BRESEE


From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 959

LEVI M. BRESEE, proprietor of the Capitol House; born in 1837 in Canada; has lived in Wisconsin most of the time since early boyhood. He began hotel life as a bell boy in the old American House, which stood on the block now occupied by the Park Savings Bank. At the breaking-out of the rebellion, he was steward of the Vilas House. On the 25th of September 1861, he enlisted in Co. I, 12th W.V.I., Col. G. E. BRYANT, commanding; served till the close of the war, and was mustered out in August, 1865. He was married in September 1858, to Miss Catherine E. STEELE, of Sauk Co., Wis.; they have three sons, all at home. He entered the army as a private, and was discharged as Adjutant. The leading events of his military experience were the siege of Vicksburg, the capture of Atlanta and the march to the sea. Resuming hotel life, he served several years as clerk in the Vilas House. In the spring of 1878, he took charge of the Capitol House, which is a brick hotel, located on the corner of King and Clymer streets, and has fifty-three rooms for guests. He reduced daily rates from $2 to $1.50; also refurnished much of the house and repaired generally, and the result is seen in the largely increased patronage.


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