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Waukesha, Wisconsin

Waukesha, Wisconsin

Overview
Waukesha is a city in and the county seat
County seat
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish. The term is primarily used in the United States....

 of Waukesha County
Waukesha County, Wisconsin
Waukesha County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of 2008, the population was 380,629. Its county seat is Waukesha.-History:The part of Wisconsin that Waukesha County now occupies was a part of Michigan when Milwaukee County was organized in September 1834. On July 4, 1836, the...

, Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Wisconsin is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States and is part of the Midwest. It is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north. Wisconsin's capital is...

, in the Upper Midwest
Upper Midwest
The Upper Midwest is a region in the northern portion of the U.S. Census Bureau's Midwestern United States. It is largely a sub-region of the midwest. Although there are no uniformly agreed-upon boundaries, the region is most commonly used to refer to the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and...

 region of the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. The population was 70,718 at the 2010 census, making it the largest community in the county and 7th largest in the state. The city is located adjacent to the Town of Waukesha
Waukesha (town), Wisconsin
Waukesha is a town in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 8,596 at the 2000 census...

. Milwaukee County is due east of Waukesha County.

In 2006, Money
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magazine ranked Waukesha 36th on its list of the "100 Best Places to Live", in the United States.
In 2007 America's Promise
America's Promise
America's Promise — The Alliance for Youth is a foundation founded by Colin Powell in 1997 to help children and youth from all socioeconomic sectors in the United States.In late April 1997 Presidents Bill Clinton, George H. W...

ranked Waukesha one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People" in the United States.
In 2010, Money
Money (magazine)
Money is published by Time Inc. Its first issue was published in October 1972. Its articles cover the gamut of personal finance topics ranging from investing, saving, retirement and taxes to family finance issues like paying for college, credit, career and home improvement...

magazine ranked Waukesha 50th on its list of the "100 Best Places to Live", in the United States.

The area that Waukesha now encompasses was first inhabited in 1834.
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Waukesha is a city in and the county seat
County seat
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish. The term is primarily used in the United States....

 of Waukesha County
Waukesha County, Wisconsin
Waukesha County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of 2008, the population was 380,629. Its county seat is Waukesha.-History:The part of Wisconsin that Waukesha County now occupies was a part of Michigan when Milwaukee County was organized in September 1834. On July 4, 1836, the...

, Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Wisconsin is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States and is part of the Midwest. It is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north. Wisconsin's capital is...

, in the Upper Midwest
Upper Midwest
The Upper Midwest is a region in the northern portion of the U.S. Census Bureau's Midwestern United States. It is largely a sub-region of the midwest. Although there are no uniformly agreed-upon boundaries, the region is most commonly used to refer to the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and...

 region of the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. The population was 70,718 at the 2010 census, making it the largest community in the county and 7th largest in the state. The city is located adjacent to the Town of Waukesha
Waukesha (town), Wisconsin
Waukesha is a town in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 8,596 at the 2000 census...

. Milwaukee County is due east of Waukesha County.

In 2006, Money
Money (magazine)
Money is published by Time Inc. Its first issue was published in October 1972. Its articles cover the gamut of personal finance topics ranging from investing, saving, retirement and taxes to family finance issues like paying for college, credit, career and home improvement...

magazine ranked Waukesha 36th on its list of the "100 Best Places to Live", in the United States.
In 2007 America's Promise
America's Promise
America's Promise — The Alliance for Youth is a foundation founded by Colin Powell in 1997 to help children and youth from all socioeconomic sectors in the United States.In late April 1997 Presidents Bill Clinton, George H. W...

ranked Waukesha one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People" in the United States.
In 2010, Money
Money (magazine)
Money is published by Time Inc. Its first issue was published in October 1972. Its articles cover the gamut of personal finance topics ranging from investing, saving, retirement and taxes to family finance issues like paying for college, credit, career and home improvement...

magazine ranked Waukesha 50th on its list of the "100 Best Places to Live", in the United States.

History


The area that Waukesha now encompasses was first inhabited in 1834. Its first non-American-Indian settler was Morris D. Cutler.

By 1846, the area was incorporated
Municipal corporation
A municipal corporation is the legal term for a local governing body, including cities, counties, towns, townships, charter townships, villages, and boroughs. Municipal incorporation occurs when such municipalities become self-governing entities under the laws of the state or province in which...

 as the village of Prairieville. On February 8, 1847, the village changed its name to, "Waukesha," and in 1896, incorporated as a city.

Waukesha's name


Over the years, many believed, incorrectly, that the origin of the name of the city was an Algonquian
Algonquian languages
The Algonquian languages also Algonkian) are a subfamily of Native American languages which includes most of the languages in the Algic language family. The name of the Algonquian language family is distinguished from the orthographically similar Algonquin dialect of the Ojibwe language, which is a...

 word meaning "fox" or "little foxes," though it is actually an Anglicization of the Ojibwe
Ojibwe language
Ojibwe , also called Anishinaabemowin, is an indigenous language of the Algonquian language family. Ojibwe is characterized by a series of dialects that have local names and frequently local writing systems...

 proper name Waagoshag or the Potawatomi
Potawatomi language
Potawatomi is a Central Algonquian language and is spoken around the Great Lakes in Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as in Kansas in the United States, and in southern Ontario in Canada, 1300 Potawatomi people, all elderly...

 name Wau-tsha. Wau-tsha (sometimes written as Wauk-tsha or Wauke-tsha) was the leader of the local tribe at the time of the first European settlement of the area. This is confirmed by accounts of Increase A. Lapham, an early settler and historian of the region. According to Lapham, the word for "fox" was pishtaka. Cutler also told visitors about Wau-tsha, who was described as "tall and athletic, proud in his bearing, dignified and friendly."

"Spring City"



Matthew Laflin
Matthew Laflin
Matthew Laflin was an American manufacturer of gunpowder, businessman, philanthropist, and an early pioneer of Chicago, Illinois.-Early life and ancestors:...

, an early pioneer of Chicago, Illinois, provided the capital and enterprise that laid the foundation for Waukesha as a famous Wisconsin watering resort and was the proprietor of the grand resort, the Fountain Spring House. Waukesha was once known for its extremely clean and good-tasting spring water
Mineral water
Mineral water is water containing minerals or other dissolved substances that alter its taste or give it therapeutic value, generally obtained from a naturally occurring mineral spring or source. Dissolved substances in the water may include various salts and sulfur compounds...

 and was called a, "spa town
Spa town
A spa town is a town situated around a mineral spa . Patrons resorted to spas to "take the waters" for their purported health benefits. The word comes from the Belgian town Spa. In continental Europe a spa was known as a ville d'eau...

." This earned the city the nicknames, "Spring City," and, "Saratoga of the West."

According to author Kristine Adams Wendt, in 1868, Colonel Richard Dunbar, a sufferer of diabetes, chanced upon the medicinal properties of what he later named the Bethesda Spring while viewing a parcel of land recently purchased by his sister. Testimonials found in a Dunbar brochure of 1873 proclaimed the miraculous benefits of Bethesda Mineral Water for persons suffering from all manner of urinary tract and bladder problems, diabetes, Bright's disease, torpid liver, indigestion, chronic diarrhea, dropsy and "female weakness," among others.

Wendt reports that by 1872, "area newspapers carried accounts of a community ill equipped to handle its new popularity among the suffering multitudes. The semi-weekly Wisconsin (Milwaukee) of July 31, 1872, reported 'that fully 500 visitors are quartered in hotels and scattered in private families here, seeking benefit from the marvelous waters...'"

Among those visitors was Abraham Lincoln's
Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He successfully led his country through a great constitutional, military and moral crisis – the American Civil War – preserving the Union, while ending slavery, and...

 widow, Mary Todd Lincoln
Mary Todd Lincoln
Mary Ann Lincoln was the wife of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and was First Lady of the United States from 1861 to 1865.-Life before the White House:...

. She spent several weeks in Waukesha during the summer of 1872, still mourning the death of her son Tad
Tad Lincoln
Thomas "Tad" Lincoln was the fourth and youngest son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. The nickname "Tad" was given to him by his father who found Thomas "as wriggly as a tadpole" when he was a baby. Tad was known to be impulsive, unrestrained, and did not attend school...

 the previous year. The former first lady stayed at the Hubbard boarding house and according to one contemporary account, "was all in black, with a full skirt to the dress which was very long." One newspaper opined, "Poor Mrs. Lincoln carries a heavy heart, and she is much of the time in tears."

The "healing waters" were so valued that a controversial attempt was made to build a pipeline between the city and Chicago
Chicago
Chicago is the largest city in the US state of Illinois. With nearly 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the Midwestern United States and the third most populous in the US, after New York City and Los Angeles...

 so that they could be enjoyed by visitors to the 1893 Columbian Exposition. According to Time
Time (magazine)
Time is an American news magazine. A European edition is published from London. Time Europe covers the Middle East, Africa and, since 2003, Latin America. An Asian edition is based in Hong Kong...

magazine, "[t]he scheme had been conceived by one Charles Welsh who had been given the springs by his uncle, but after several miles of pipe were laid, it was discovered that the cost was too great."

Richard W. Sears, founder of Sears and Roebuck, may have been attracted to Waukesha by the waters. In failing health, Sears retired from business in 1908 and, according to The New York Times
The New York Times
The New York Times is an American daily newspaper founded and continuously published in New York City since 1851. The New York Times has won 106 Pulitzer Prizes, the most of any news organization...

, "spent his time on his great farm near Waukesha." In 1914, Sears died in Waukesha of Bright's disease
Bright's disease
Bright's disease is a historical classification of kidney diseases that would be described in modern medicine as acute or chronic nephritis. The term is no longer used, as diseases are now classified according to their more fully understood causes....

, leaving an estate estimated at $20 million.

Over the years, the natural springs have been spoiled by pollution and a number have gone dry.

Football history



One of the most important "firsts" in American sports history occurred in Waukesha on September 5, 1906, when Carroll College (now Carroll University) hosted the football team from St. Louis University. SLU halfback Bradbury Robinson
Bradbury Robinson
Bradbury Norton Robinson, Jr. was a pioneering American football player, physician, and local politician. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin in 1903 and at Saint Louis University from 1904 to 1907. In 1904, though personal connections to Wisconsin governor Robert M. La...

 threw the first legal forward pass
Forward pass
In several forms of football a forward pass is when the ball is thrown in the direction that the offensive team is trying to move, towards the defensive team's goal line...

 in football history in that game. The Carroll players and local fans were stunned. The visitors went on to win 22-0 and the sport was changed forever.

Project Nike


During the Cold War
Cold War
The Cold War was the continuing state from roughly 1946 to 1991 of political conflict, military tension, proxy wars, and economic competition between the Communist World—primarily the Soviet Union and its satellite states and allies—and the powers of the Western world, primarily the United States...

, Waukesha County was the site of three Nike Missile batteries
Project Nike
Project Nike was a U.S. Army project, proposed in May 1945 by Bell Laboratories, to develop a line-of-sight anti-aircraft missile system. The project delivered the United States' first operational anti-aircraft missile system, the Nike Ajax, in 1953...

, located in the city of Waukesha and nearby Muskego and Lannon
Lannon
Lannon is a surname. Notable people with that name include:*Frances Lannon , British historian*James Patrick Lannon , American admiral*Nyles Lannon, American musician*Ryan Lannon , American ice hockey player...

. In the city of Waukesha, the U.S. Army and later the Wisconsin National Guard
Wisconsin National Guard
The Wisconsin Army National Guard has dual state and federal roles, and is jointly funded and maintained by both governments. Its federal mission is to provide trained units to the United States Army in time of war or national emergency...

 operated the command and control center from 1956 to 1970 at what is now Hillcrest Park on Davidson Road. The missile pits existed near the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Hwy 164 – first holding Ajax missiles with conventional warheads
Warheads
Warheads may refer to:*Warhead, the damaging part of a projectile weapon*Warheads , a Swedish band*Warheads , a brand of sour candy*Warheads , a comic book published by Marvel UK...

 and later the nuclear
Nuclear weapon
A nuclear weapon is an explosive device that derives its destructive force from nuclear reactions, either fission or a combination of fission and fusion. Both reactions release vast quantities of energy from relatively small amounts of matter. The first fission bomb test released the same amount...

 equipped Hercules warhead. The Hercules provided a similar nuclear capability as that of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

. The Midwest Chapter of the Cold War Museum
Cold War Museum
The Cold War Museum is a planned history museum in the United States focused on Cold War history.Founded in 1996 by Francis Gary Powers Jr. and John C...

 has promoted the preservation of the Hillcrest Park site as a local Cold War museum, honoring Cold War veterans and commemorating America's longest and costliest conflict.

Contemporary politics


In 2006, Waukesha's mayoral election featured Ann Nischke as the Republican
Republican Party (United States)
The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery expansion activists in 1854, it is often called the GOP . The party's platform generally reflects American conservatism in the U.S...

 candidate and Larry Nelson, a former middle school English teacher, as the Democratic
Democratic Party (United States)
The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party. The party's socially liberal and progressive platform is largely considered center-left in the U.S. political spectrum. The party has the lengthiest record of continuous...

 candidate. Nelson won the election, an anomaly in Waukesha County, which is one of the most conservative counties in the United States. Nelson is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition
Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition
Mayors Against Illegal Guns is a coalition of over 600 mayors who support a number of gun control initiatives that the group calls "commonsense reforms" to fight illegal gun trafficking and gun violence in the United States...

, a bipartisan group with a stated goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets." The Coalition is co-chaired by Boston
Boston
Boston is the capital of and largest city in Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The largest city in New England, Boston is regarded as the unofficial "Capital of New England" for its economic and cultural impact on the entire New England region. The city proper had...

 Mayor Thomas Menino
Thomas Menino
Thomas Michael "Tom" Menino is the mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, United States and the city's first Italian-American mayor...

 and New York City
New York City
New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. New York exerts a significant impact upon global commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and...

 Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg
Michael Rubens Bloomberg is the current Mayor of New York City. With a net worth of $19.5 billion in 2011, he is also the 12th-richest person in the United States...

.
In 2010 Jeff Scrima was elected as mayor defeating Larry Nelson. The purchase of water from Milwaukee was the main issue during the April election. Currently Mayor Scrima and the common council are exploring water supplies from Milwaukee, Oak Creek or Racine.

Geography and climate


Waukesha is located near the center of Waukesha County in southeastern Wisconsin, 18 miles west of Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee is the largest city in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, the 28th most populous city in the United States and 39th most populous region in the United States. It is the county seat of Milwaukee County and is located on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. According to 2010 census data, the...

. Waukesha is also located 59 miles east of Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
Madison is the capital of the U.S. state of Wisconsin and the county seat of Dane County. It is also home to the University of Wisconsin–Madison....

. The city shares borders with City of Brookfield
Brookfield, Wisconsin
Brookfield is a city located in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. It had a population of 37,920 in the 2010 census. Brookfield is the second largest city in Waukesha County, and the leading commercial suburb of Milwaukee. The City of Brookfield was formed in 1954 from the Town of...

, Town of Brookfield
Brookfield (town), Wisconsin
Brookfield is a town in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 6,390 at the 2000 census. The unincorporated community of Goerke's Corner is located in the town.-Religion:...

, Genesee
Genesee, Wisconsin
Genesee is a town in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 7,284 at the 2000 census. The unincorporated communities of Genesee Depot and Saylesville are located in Genesee.-Landmarks:...

, New Berlin
New Berlin, Wisconsin
New Berlin is a city in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 38,220 at the 2000 census. New Berlin is the third largest community in Waukesha County after the cities of Waukesha and Brookfield....

, City of Pewaukee
Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Pewaukee is a city in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. The population was 11,783 at the 2000 census. The city was incorporated from what was formerly the Town of Pewaukee. The Village of Pewaukee, which was incorporated out of the town before it incorporated as a city, is surrounded by the city...

, Village of Pewaukee, Town of Delafield and Town of Waukesha
Waukesha (town), Wisconsin
Waukesha is a town in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 8,596 at the 2000 census...

.

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
The United States Census Bureau is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census. It also gathers other national demographic and economic data...

, the city has a total area of 21.7 square miles (56.2 km²), of which 21.6 square miles (55.9 km²) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²), or 0.32%, is water.

The city is located on both sides of the Fox River
Fox River (Illinois River tributary)
The Fox River is a tributary of the Illinois River in the states of Wisconsin and Illinois in the United States. There are two other "Fox Rivers" in southern Illinois: the Fox River and a smaller "Fox River" that joins the Wabash River near New Harmony, Indiana.-Wisconsin:The Fox River rises near...

, which starts near Menomonee Falls
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Menomonee Falls is a village in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States, and is part of the Greater Milwaukee area. The population was 35,626 at the 2010 census, making it the most populous village in Wisconsin. It is the fourth largest community in Waukesha County...

 and flows into the Illinois River
Illinois River
The Illinois River is a principal tributary of the Mississippi River, approximately long, in the State of Illinois. The river drains a large section of central Illinois, with a drainage basin of . This river was important among Native Americans and early French traders as the principal water route...

.
Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rec High °F 58 66 82 91 93 100 109 101 101 88 77 68
Norm High °F 27 33 44 57 70 80 84 82 73 61 45 33
Norm Low °F 11 17 27 38 49 58 63 62 53 42 30 18
Rec Low °F -27 -28 -14 7 26 34 42 39 28 17 -9 -23
Precip (in) 1.48 1.31 2.28 3.53 3.02 3.78 3.83 4.77 3.52 2.62 2.63 1.87
Source: Weather.com

Demographics



As of the census
Census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

of 2000, there were 64,825 people, 25,663 households, and 16,296 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 3,000.5 people per square mile (1,158.8/km²). There were 26,856 housing units at an average density of 1,243.1 per square mile (480.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.22% White, 1.28% African American, 0.33% Native American, 2.17% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.31% from other races
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

, and 1.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.58% of the population.

There were 25,663 households out of which 32.5% of households had children under age 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples
Marriage
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 people and the average family size was 3.04 people.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $50,084, and the median income for a family was $60,841. Males had a median income of $40,743 versus $29,279 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 for the city was $23,242. About 3.0% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.0% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

Education


Waukesha is home to Carroll University, formerly known as Carroll College, a private Presbyterian university. Opened in 1846, it is the oldest college in the state (a title also claimed by Beloit College
Beloit College
Beloit College is a liberal arts college in Beloit, Wisconsin, USA. It is a member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, and has an enrollment of roughly 1,300 undergraduate students. Beloit is the oldest continuously operated college in Wisconsin, and has the oldest building of any college...

). As a liberal arts school
Liberal arts college
A liberal arts college is one with a primary emphasis on undergraduate study in the liberal arts and sciences.Students in the liberal arts generally major in a particular discipline while receiving exposure to a wide range of academic subjects, including sciences as well as the traditional...

, Carroll offers more than 50 areas of study, primarily at the undergraduate level. Carroll University's enrollment is roughly 2,500 students.

Located on the city's northwest side, the University of Wisconsin–Waukesha, part of the UW system
University of Wisconsin System
The University of Wisconsin System is a university system of public universities in the state of Wisconsin. It is one of the largest public higher education systems in the country, enrolling more than 182,000 students each year and employing more than 32,000 faculty and staff statewide...

, offers two-year associate degrees. Students have the option of transferring to four-year institutions to complete their undergraduate education.

Waukesha County Technical College
Waukesha County Technical College
Waukesha County Technical College is a technical college in Waukesha County, Wisconsin area. The college has campuses in Waukesha and Pewaukee...

 has a campus located in the downtown area.

One of the two New Tribes Bible Institute campuses within the United States is located on a large hill in central Waukesha. Operated by New Tribes Mission
New Tribes Mission
New Tribes Mission is an international, theologically evangelical Christian mission organization based in Sanford, Florida, United States. NTM has approximately 3,300 missionaries in more than 20 nations, second only to Wycliffe Bible Translators/SIL International David Hesselgrave, Executive...

, the school doubles as the first part of a four-year missionary training program, which includes field training in the U.S.

The School District of Waukesha
Waukesha School District
The Waukesha School District is a school district that serves the City of Waukesha and parts of the Town of Waukesha, Town of Brookfield, City of Brookfield and City of Pewaukee in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, west of Milwaukee. The district serves over 14,000 students, making it the sixth largest...

 serves the city and portions of surrounding municipalities. It operates four high schools in the city: Waukesha South High School
Waukesha South High School
Waukesha South High School is a high school located in Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States. It was opened in 1957 as a southern campus to Waukesha High School, then in downtown Waukesha, which is now Central Campus Middle School.- Academics :...

, Waukesha West High School
Waukesha West High School
Waukesha West High School is a high school located in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in Waukesha County, about 20 miles west of Milwaukee. The high school was established in 1993.-Art:West's art department has won regional and national scholastic art awards...

, Waukesha North High School
Waukesha North High School
Waukesha North High School is a high school in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and part of the Waukesha School District. It officially opened its doors at mid-semester during the 1974-'75 school year, the northside students transferring from Waukesha South High School to North.The school has been recognized...

, and Harvey Phillip High School, an alternative school. It also operates two charter schools; Waukesha Engineering Preparatory Academy, or WEPA, and the Waukesha Academy of Health Professions, or WAHP. It also runs three middle schools, one engineering charter middle school, 14 elementary schools, and one engineering charter elementary school.

The city is home to Waukesha County's only Catholic
Roman Catholic Church
The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the world's largest Christian church, with over a billion members. Led by the Pope, it defines its mission as spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, administering the sacraments and exercising charity...

 high school, Catholic Memorial High School. There are also two small, independent evangelical Christian schools in Waukesha: West Suburban Christian Academy
West Suburban Christian Academy
West Suburban Christian Academy was a private, independent, non-denominational, evangelical Christian school located in Waukesha, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. WSCA served students in preschool through eighth grade...

, with two campuses, and Waukesha Christian Academy, a small K through 12 school located on the city's west side.

Religion

  • Buddha Haksa Temple is located in Waukesha.
  • The Episcopal
    Episcopal Church (United States)
    The Episcopal Church is a mainline Anglican Christian church found mainly in the United States , but also in Honduras, Taiwan, Colombia, Ecuador, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, the British Virgin Islands and parts of Europe...

     monastery of the Order of Julian of Norwich
    Order of Julian of Norwich
    The Order of Julian of Norwich is a contemplative community of monks and nuns in the Episcopal Church. It was founded in Connecticut in 1985, but is now located in Waukesha, Wisconsin. They are semi-enclosed, and the focus of their life together is on prayer, contemplation, and manual labor....

     is located in Waukesha.

Media

  • Newspaper, Waukesha Freeman, Conley Publishing Group, established in 1859.
  • Newspaper, The New Perspective
    The New Perspective
    The New Perspective is a student operated newspaper that has been published for the community of Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin since 1874...

    , Carroll University, established in 1874.
  • Online news website, Waukesha.Patch.com, established in 2010.

In the Media


In August 2010, the singer Ke$ha came to Milwaukee to perform at a concert. On a radio interview, it was suggested that Milwaukees close neighbor, Waukesha, unofficially change its name to "Wauke$ha" for a day. That radio broadcaster, from WRNW, tried contacting the mayor of Waukesha, asking if he would. The mayor did not respond through various means of communication. Later, when Ke$ha was interviewed by that radio broadcaster, he had Ke$ha call the mayor. She offered to have a beer with him if he were to "slip a dollar sign" in it. He declined by e-mail, and the name did not change. Petrie, Joe "Scrima: Singer Ke$ha should rename herself 'Waukesha'" GM today, August 26, 2010.

City technology


Cellnet Technology Inc (based in Alpharetta, Georgia
Alpharetta, Georgia
-Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 34,854 people, 13,911 households, and 8,916 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,631.6 people per square mile . There were 14,670 housing units at an average density of 686.7 per square mile...

) plans to make Waukesha the second community in Wisconsin outfitted with a city-wide Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi or Wifi, is a mechanism for wirelessly connecting electronic devices. A device enabled with Wi-Fi, such as a personal computer, video game console, smartphone, or digital audio player, can connect to the Internet via a wireless network access point. An access point has a range of about 20...

 network blanket. (Midwest Fiber Networks is scheduled to make Milwaukee the state's first wi-fi municipality by summer 2006.)

Cellnet, which began working on a similar "blanket" for Madison, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
Madison is the capital of the U.S. state of Wisconsin and the county seat of Dane County. It is also home to the University of Wisconsin–Madison....

 in early 2006, had planned to present their idea to Waukesha's Information Technology Advisory Committee in February 2006. If the proposed installation of the network goes through, city residents would only have to buy a wireless card (typically $50 USD) to gain access to the internet from any area in Waukesha.

As of September 2007, the project was mired in logistical difficulties, and appears dropped shortly thereafter.

Sports and recreation


Downtown Waukesha is the site of one of the stages of the Tour of America's Dairyland cycling event, which features a criterium
Criterium
A criterium, or crit, is a bike race held on a short course , often run on closed-off city center streets....

 race, started in 1993.

Notable people

  • John Anderson, former Green Bay Packer
    Green Bay Packers
    The Green Bay Packers are an American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League . The Packers are the current NFL champions...

     and Milwaukee-television sports personality
  • Austin Aries
    Austin Aries
    Daniel Healy "Dan" Solwold, Jr. better known by his ring name Austin Aries, is an American professional wrestler, currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling , where he is the current X Division Champion...

    , professional wrestler
  • William A. Barstow
    William A. Barstow
    William Augustus Barstow was the third Governor of Wisconsin and a Union Army General during the American Civil War.-Early life:Barstow was born in Plainfield, Connecticut...

    , Governor of Wisconsin
    Wisconsin
    Wisconsin is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States and is part of the Midwest. It is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north. Wisconsin's capital is...

    , Union Army
    Union Army
    The Union Army was the land force that fought for the Union during the American Civil War. It was also known as the Federal Army, the U.S. Army, the Northern Army and the National Army...

     general
  • Kurt Bestor
    Kurt Bestor
    Kurt Roland Bestor is an American composer, arranger, and performer.-Biography:Bestor was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and raised in Orem, Utah, graduating from Orem High School in 1976. His grandfather played trumpet in Tommy Dorsey's band and his great uncle played trombone in Jack Benny's band...

    , composer, conductor, musician
  • Brad Beyer
    Brad Beyer
    Bradford G. Beyer, Jr. is an American actor.A native of Waukesha, Wisconsin and a graduate of Catholic Memorial High School, Beyer briefly attended the University of Minnesota before moving to New York to pursue an acting career, on the advice of a professor.Beyer's roles include guest appearances...

    , actor
    Actor
    An actor is a person who acts in a dramatic production and who works in film, television, theatre, or radio in that capacity...

  • Dick Blanchard
    Dick Blanchard
    Dick Blanchard is a former linebacker in the National Football League. He played with the New England Patriots during the 1972 NFL season.-References:...

    , NFL player
  • BoDeans
    BoDeans
    The BoDeans are a rock band formed in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1983 by Kurt Neumann and Sam Llanas . In 1985, after adding a drummer and a bassist, the band signed a contract with Slash Records and recorded their first album...

    , rock band
  • Clinton S. Breese
    Clinton S. Breese
    Clinton S. Breese was an officer in the United States Army during World War I. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive...

    , highly-decorated U.S. Army officer
  • Max Broadhurst
    Max Broadhurst
    Max Broadhurst was a player in the National Football League. He was a member of the Dayton Triangles during the 1920 NFL season.-References:...

    , NFL player
  • Mike Cahill
    Mike Cahill
    Micheal Cahill is a former professional tennis player from the United States.Cahill enjoyed most of his tennis success while playing doubles. During his career he won five doubles titles. He achieved a career-high doubles ranking of World No...

    , tennis player
  • Tim Cahill
    Tim Cahill (writer)
    Tim Cahill is a travel writer who lives in Livingston, Montana, United States. He is a founding editor of Outside magazine and currently serves as an "Editor at Large" for the magazine.-Biography:...

    , adventure travel writer
  • Frank Caliendo
    Frank Caliendo
    Frank Caliendo is an American comedian and impressionist, best known for his work on the Fox Network television series MADtv, and as the in-house prognosticator for Fox NFL Sunday. In 2007 and 2008, he performed his impersonations on his own show, Frank TV, which aired on TBS...

    , comedian
  • William G. Callow
    William G. Callow
    William Grant Callow is a Wisconsin jurist.Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Callow received his bachelor and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin. Callow was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War...

    , Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Eugene W. Chafin
    Eugene W. Chafin
    Eugene Wilder Chafin was an United States politician from the Prohibition Party. Chafin was born in East Troy, Wisconsin and worked as a lawyer at Waukesha, Wisconsin from 1876 to 1900...

    , Prohibition Party
    Prohibition Party
    The Prohibition Party is a political party in the United States best known for its historic opposition to the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages. It is the oldest existing third party in the US. The party was an integral part of the temperance movement...

     candidate for President of the United States
  • Glenn R. Davis, U.S. Representative
  • Chuck DeShane
    Chuck DeShane
    Charles Frederick DeShane was a professional American football player in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions from 1945 to 1949.-Career:...

    , played professional football for the Detroit Lions
    Detroit Lions
    The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League , and play their home games at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit.Originally based in Portsmouth, Ohio and...

    , in the NFL
  • Terry Dillon
    Terry Dillon
    Terry Dillon was a defensive back in the National Football League. Dillon played with the Minnesota Vikings during the 1963 NFL season. He had also been drafted in the eighteenth round of the 1963 American Football League Draft by the Oakland Raiders....

    , NFL player
  • Lee S. Dreyfus
    Lee S. Dreyfus
    Lee Sherman Dreyfus was an American politician and member of the Republican Party who served as the 40th Governor of Wisconsin from January 4, 1979 to January 3, 1983....

    , Governor of Wisconsin
    Wisconsin
    Wisconsin is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States and is part of the Midwest. It is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north. Wisconsin's capital is...

  • David J. Eicher
    David J. Eicher
    David John Eicher is an American editor, writer, and popularizer of astronomy and space. He has been editor-in-chief of Astronomy magazine since 2002...

    , editor and author
  • Donald Goerke
    Donald Goerke
    Donald Edward Goerke was an American business executive and food developer. While working for the Franco-American division of the Campbell Soup Company in 1965, he invented SpaghettiOs, and was thereafter known as "The Daddy-O of SpaghettiOs."-Biography:Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Goerke played...

    , Inventor of SpaghettiOs
    SpaghettiOs
    SpaghettiOs is an American brand of canned, sweetened spaghetti featuring circular pasta shapes in a cheese and tomato sauce — and marketed to parents as 'less messy' than regular spaghetti...

  • Danny Gokey
    Danny Gokey
    Daniel Jay "Danny" Gokey is an American country music singer and church music director from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the third place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol...

    , American Idol
    American Idol
    American Idol, titled American Idol: The Search for a Superstar for the first season, is a reality television singing competition created by Simon Fuller and produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment...

     contestant; attended school in Waukesha
  • John Golemgeske
    John Golemgeske
    John William Golemgeske was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. He played four seasons for the Brooklyn Dodgers as a tackle and guard. He played at the collegiate level at the University of Wisconsin–Madison...

    , NFL player in the 1930s and '40s
  • Paul Hamm
    Paul Hamm
    Paul Elbert Hamm is an American artistic gymnast. He is a World Champion gymnast and three-time Olympic medalist. He won the all-around competition at the 2004 Olympic Games.-Career:...

    , Olympic gymnastic gold medalist; attended Waukesha South High School
    Waukesha South High School
    Waukesha South High School is a high school located in Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States. It was opened in 1957 as a southern campus to Waukesha High School, then in downtown Waukesha, which is now Central Campus Middle School.- Academics :...

  • Morgan Hamm
    Morgan Hamm
    Morgan Carl Hamm is an American artistic gymnast. He represented the United States at the 2000 Summer Olympics and at the 2004 Summer Olympics. At the 2004 Olympics, he won the silver medal in the team competition. He was a member of the silver-medal winning team at the 2003 World Artistic...

    , Olympic gymnastic contender attended Waukesha South High School
    Waukesha South High School
    Waukesha South High School is a high school located in Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States. It was opened in 1957 as a southern campus to Waukesha High School, then in downtown Waukesha, which is now Central Campus Middle School.- Academics :...

  • Pat Harder
    Pat Harder
    Marlin M. "Pat" Harder was a college and professional football player, playing fullback and kicker. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993....

    , played professioanl football for the Detroit Lions
    Detroit Lions
    The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League , and play their home games at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit.Originally based in Portsmouth, Ohio and...

     and for what has become the Arizona Cardinals
    Arizona Cardinals
    The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American football team based in Glendale, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. They are currently members of the Western Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League...

     and was a member of the College Football Hall of Fame
    College Football Hall of Fame
    The College Football Hall of Fame is a hall of fame and museum devoted to college football. Located in South Bend, Indiana, it is connected to a convention center and situated in the city's renovated downtown district, two miles south of the University of Notre Dame campus. It is slated to move...

     from UW-Madison
  • Frank Harris
    Frank Harris (American football running back)
    Frank Harris is a former running back in the National Football League. He played with the Chicago Bears during the 1987 NFL season.-References:...

    , NFL player
  • Susan Hawk
    Susan Hawk
    Susan "Sue" Hawk was a contestant on Survivor: Borneo and Survivor: All-Stars...

    , Survivor: Pulau Tiga and Survivor: All-Stars
    Survivor: All-Stars
    Survivor: All-Stars is the eighth season of the United States reality show Survivor. It was filmed in 2003 and debuted in the United States on CBS on February 1, 2004 after Super Bowl XXXVIII. It was set on the Pearl Islands of Panama, where the previous Survivor: Pearl Islands had just finished...

     contestant
  • Daniel Hoan
    Daniel Hoan
    Daniel Webster "Dan" Hoan was a United States lawyer and politician. He became the second Socialist mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his tenure is generally considered to be the longest continuous socialist administration in U.S. history...

    , Mayor of Milwaukee
  • Scott Jensen
    Scott Jensen
    -Early life:Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Jensen attended Mukwonago High School and graduated from Drake University in 1982. He received a masters degree in public policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in 1984.-Career:...

    , speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly
    Wisconsin State Assembly
    The Wisconsin State Assembly is the lower house of the Wisconsin Legislature. Together with the smaller Wisconsin Senate, the two constitute the legislative branch of the U.S. state of Wisconsin....

  • Edward Jackamonis
    Edward Jackamonis
    Edward Jackamonis was a Wisconsin legislator and educator.Born in New Britain, Connecticut, Jackamonis graduated from Northeastern University. Moving to Wisconsin, he received his masters degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and then taught at the University of...

    , speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly
  • Jack Kading
    Jack Kading
    John Frederick Kading was a first baseman in Major League Baseball.-External links:...

    , MLB player
  • Matt Katula
    Matt Katula
    Matthew Charles Katula is an American football long snapper for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as undrafted free agent in 2005...

    , NFL player for the New England Patriots
    New England Patriots
    The New England Patriots, commonly called the "Pats", are a professional football team based in the Greater Boston area, playing their home games in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium. The team is part of the East Division of the American Football Conference in the National...

  • Ken Keuper
    Ken Keuper
    Ken Keuper was a player in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants from 1945 to 1948. He played at the collegiate level at the University of Georgia.-References:...

    , NFL player for the Green Bay Packers
    Green Bay Packers
    The Green Bay Packers are an American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League . The Packers are the current NFL champions...

     and New York Giants
    New York Giants
    The New York Giants are a professional American football team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey, representing the New York City metropolitan area. The Giants are currently members of the Eastern Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League...

  • Kurt Larson
    Kurt Larson
    Kurt Arvin Larson is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He played for the Indianapolis Colts and the Green Bay Packers . He played at the collegiate level at Michigan State University.-References:...

    , NFL player for the Indianapolis Colts
    Indianapolis Colts
    The Indianapolis Colts are a professional American football team based in Indianapolis. They are currently members of the South Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League ....

     and Green Bay Packers
    Green Bay Packers
    The Green Bay Packers are an American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League . The Packers are the current NFL champions...

  • Mark Mallman
    Mark Mallman
    Mark Mallman is a Minnesota musician and composer for film.-Education:Mallman graduated from Waukesha South High School in 1991. He studied jazz piano at The Milwaukee Conservatory of Music then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1991...

    , musician
  • Lauri Merten
    Lauri Merten
    Lauri Merten is an American golfer. She also competed under the names Lauri Peterson Lauri Merten (born July 6, 1960) is an American golfer. She also competed under the names Lauri Peterson Lauri Merten (born July 6, 1960) is an American golfer. She also competed under the names Lauri Peterson...

    , professional golfer and winner of the 1993 U.S. Women's Open
    United States Women's Open Championship (golf)
    The United States Women's Open Golf Championship, one of thirteen national championships conducted by the United States Golf Association , is one of the LPGA's major championships along with the LPGA Championship, the Women's British Open, and the Kraft Nabisco Championship...

  • Bill Miklich
    Bill Miklich
    William John Miklich was an American football center and linebacker in the National Football League for the New York Giants and the Detroit Lions. He played college football at the University of Idaho. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Marines....

    , NFL player for the New York Giants
    New York Giants
    The New York Giants are a professional American football team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey, representing the New York City metropolitan area. The Giants are currently members of the Eastern Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League...

     and the Detroit Lions
    Detroit Lions
    The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League , and play their home games at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit.Originally based in Portsmouth, Ohio and...

  • Steve Miller
    Steve Miller (musician)
    Steven H. "Steve" Miller is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter who began his career in blues and blues rock and evolved to a more popular-oriented sound which, from the mid 1970s through the early 1980s, resulted in a series of successful singles and albums.-Early years:Born in Milwaukee,...

    , rock musician
  • Ed Moy
    Edmund C. Moy
    Edmund C. Moy is an American businessman and former government official. From 2006 to 2011 he served as the 38th Director of the United States Mint.-Early life and education:...

    , current director of the U.S. Mint, appointed by President George W. Bush
    George W. Bush
    George Walker Bush is an American politician who served as the 43rd President of the United States, from 2001 to 2009. Before that, he was the 46th Governor of Texas, having served from 1995 to 2000....

  • Mrs. Fun
    Mrs. Fun
    Mrs. Fun is an acid jazz/free jazz duo composed of keyboard player Connie Grauer and drummer Kim Zick. Grauer and Zick are from Waukesha, Wisconsin, but recorded Mrs. Fun's first album in Nashville, where they met the Indigo Girls. They then returned to Wisconsin, moving to Milwaukee...

     band members Kim Zick and Connie Grauer
  • Elli Ochowicz
    Elli Ochowicz
    Elli Ochowicz is an Olympic speed skater who has competed in the three Winter Olympics.Ochowicz was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, to Jim Ochowicz and Sheila Young. After beginning her training in the Milwaukee area, she moved to Salt Lake City to continue training...

     Olympic Speed Skater 2002 Winter Olympics
    2002 Winter Olympics
    The 2002 Winter Olympics, officially the XIX Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event that was celebrated in February 2002 in and around Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. Approximately 2,400 athletes from 77 nations participated in 78 events in fifteen disciplines, held throughout...

    , 2006 Winter Olympics
    2006 Winter Olympics
    The 2006 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XX Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in Turin, Italy from February 10, 2006, through February 26, 2006. This marked the second time Italy hosted the Olympic Winter Games, the first being the VII Olympic Winter...

    , 2010 Winter Olympics
    2010 Winter Olympics
    The 2010 Winter Olympics, officially the XXI Olympic Winter Games or the 21st Winter Olympics, were a major international multi-sport event held from February 12–28, 2010, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with some events held in the suburbs of Richmond, West Vancouver and the University...

  • Leslie Osborne
    Leslie Osborne
    Leslie Marie Osborne is an American soccer defensive midfielder who currently plays for the Boston Breakers of Women's Professional Soccer and is a member of the United States women's national soccer team.-Career:...

    , member, United States women's national soccer team
    United States women's national soccer team
    The United States women's national soccer team represents the United States in international soccer competition and is controlled by U.S. Soccer. The U.S. team won the first ever Women's World Cup in 1991, and has since been a superpower in women's soccer. It is currently ranked first in the world...

  • Les Paul
    Les Paul
    Lester William Polsfuss —known as Les Paul—was an American jazz and country guitarist, songwriter and inventor. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which made the sound of rock and roll possible. He is credited with many recording innovations...

    , guitarist, pioneer of the solid-body electric guitar and multi-track recording
  • Jim Pruett
    Jim Pruett
    James Calvin Pruett was a professional baseball player. He was a catcher over parts of two seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics. For his career, he compiled a .231 batting average in 13 at-bats....

    , MLB player
  • Alexander Randall
    Alexander Randall
    Alexander Williams Randall was a lawyer, judge and politician from Wisconsin. He served as the sixth Governor of Wisconsin from 1858 until 1861. He was instrumental in raising and organizing the first Wisconsin volunteer troops for the Union Army during the American Civil War.-Biography:Randall...

    , state governor, namesake of Camp Randall
    Camp Randall
    Camp Randall is a historic U.S. Army site in Madison, Wisconsin, named after Wisconsin Governor Alexander Randall. It was a training facility of the Union Army during the Civil War, with more than 70,000 recruits receiving training there. Later, a hospital and a stockade for Confederate prisoners...

     Stadium
  • Edwin M. Randall
    Edwin M. Randall
    Edwin M. Randall was a Florida lawyer and Republican politician who served as Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court from January 1869 to January 7, 1885. He was born April 5, 1822. He died July 12, 1895....

    , Chief Justice of the Florida
    Florida
    Florida is a state in the southeastern United States, located on the nation's Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of 18,801,310 as measured by the 2010 census, it...

     Supreme Court
  • Paul F. Reilly
    Paul F. Reilly
    Paul F. Reilly is a Judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.-Biography:A native of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Reilly is a graduate of the Wisconsin School of Business and the University of Wisconsin Law School. Though his public position is officially a non-partisan one, Reilly is a Republican...

    , Judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals
  • Michael Ritchie
    Michael Ritchie (film director)
    Michael Brunswick Ritchie was an American film director.Ritchie was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the son of Patricia and Benbow Ferguson Ritchie...

    , film director
  • Eleazer Root
    Eleazer Root
    Eleazer Root was an American educator and Episcopalian priest.Born in Canaan, New York, Root graduated from Williams College and was admitted to the New York bar. After moving briefly to Virginia, Root moved to Waukesha, Wisconsin where he help founded the present Carroll University...

    , educator and Episcopal priest
  • Lester Stevens
    Lester Stevens
    Lester Barber Stevens was an American athlete. He competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London....

    , Olympic
    Olympic Games
    The Olympic Games is a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games have come to be regarded as the world’s foremost sports competition where more than 200 nations participate...

     athlete
  • Donald E. Tewes, U.S. Representative
  • Vernor Vinge
    Vernor Vinge
    Vernor Steffen Vinge is a retired San Diego State University Professor of Mathematics, computer scientist, and science fiction author. He is best known for his Hugo Award-winning novels and novellas A Fire Upon the Deep , A Deepness in the Sky , Rainbows End , Fast Times at Fairmont High ...

    , science fiction
    Science fiction
    Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities...

     author
  • Tim Ward
    Tim Ward (soccer)
    Tim Ward is a professional American soccer player who currently plays as a defender for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer.-Youth and college:...

    , soccer player for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer
    Major League Soccer
    Major League Soccer is a professional soccer league based in the United States and sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation . The league is composed of 19 teams — 16 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada...

  • Ray Wendland
    Ray Wendland
    Dr. Ray Theodore Wendland was an American experimental petrochemist and academic.-Education:Wendland was born in Minneapolis, MN in July 1911, and educated at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, receiving a B.A. degree in Chemistry in 1933. From there, he matriculated to Iowa State University,...

    , noted petrochemist
  • Viola S. Wendt
    Viola S. Wendt
    Viola Sophia Wendt, Ph.D. was an American poet and educator.-Early life and education:Wendt was born into a farming family in Boise, Idaho, in March 1907, the second of the three daughters of Carl and Thelma Wendt . Her parents moved to West Bend, Wisconsin in 1914 in order for her father to...

    , poet
  • Mitchell Whitmore
    Mitchell Whitmore
    Mitchell Whitmore is an American long track speed skater from Waukesha, Wisconsin. His coach is Mike Witty, whose sister Chris Witty won three Olympic medals, and trains at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Although he took sixth place in the 10,000m event at the 2006 U.S...

    , Olympic athlete, national champion speedskater

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