James Conklin
  • Madison's 19th & 23rd Mayor 1881-1883, 1887 (3 terms)
  • Lived: Jun 12, 1831 - Feb 27, 1899
  • Immigrant son of the university's first janitor
  • Became the city's largest coal and ice dealer buying the ice-house on Lake Mendota at N. Hamilton in 1882, then another on Lake Monona.
  • The area on Lake Mendota where the ice house was was named Conklin Park. Renamed James Madison Park in 1963.