Increase A Lapham

1811-1875
Inducted 1992

Lapham was the founder of the conservation movement in Wisconsin. He was a young civil engineer when he arrived in Milwaukee in 1836, three days before Wisconsin became a U.S. Territory.

His careful records on the pristine environment served as benchmarks for those who followed him. In 1855 he urged state legislators to authorize a natural history survey “before any more of the native species become extinct,” and he warned about the devastation of state forests 50 years before it became an issue.

For more information read his Hall of Fame monograph.