From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 970

HIRAM G. DODGE, grain buyer, dealer in coal, wood lime, etc.; he was born in Claremont, N.H., on the 17th of June 1815; spent his early life in Essex Co., N.Y.; in 1836 he removed to the western portion of New York, which act was the beginning of his following the "Star of Empire." In 1837 he located in New Portage, in the Western Reserve, Ohio, and then lived in that State fourteen years, most of the time at Western Star; was engaged in mercantile business. He was married on the 4th of March 1840, to Miss Annette E. NEWELL, daughter of Paulus A. NEWELL, a prominent merchant of New Portage, Ohio; in the fall of 1850 he pitched his tent in Madison, and this city has been his abiding-place to present date; he sold general merchandise in Madison until 1861; he has been in the grain business fifteen years; he owns 300 acres of land in the Township of Westport, Dane Co., Wis.; owns a pleasant brick residence corner Butler and Mifflin streets; they have had twelve children, of whom five died in childhood; the seven living all reside in Madison; four are married; four of his children work for him, and another lives with him; though 55 years of age, he is still vigorous and capable, and gives personal supervision to his extended business affairs. He was Postmaster during most of his residence in Ohio, but has never accepted any office in Wisconsin. Family affiliate with the M. E. Church, he is a man of positive convictions, energetic yet conservative; a respected pioneer and useful citizen.

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