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SKETCH OF THE CAREER Or THE
FOR GOVERNOR. V±2i
FROM FARM TO LEADERSHIP
HIS LIFE RECORD FULL OF HARD
STRUGGLES AND GREAT
POPULAR IN HIS HOME TOWN
HIS BEST FRIENDS THE MEN WHO
HAVE KNOWN HIM FROM
The following biographical sketch of
Leonard A. Rosing, Democratic candi
date for governor of Minnesota, is
reproduced from the St. Paul Globe:
There is no truer guage of a man's
worth than the life which he lives in
his home and the estimation in which
lie Is held by the men and women who
faave known him from childhood, as
playmate, neighbor and citizen.
No man has a more delightful home
life or is held closer in the regard of
those who know him well than Leon
lard A. Rosing, Democratic nominee for
governor of Minnesota. In the pic
turesque little town, Cannon Falls,
every man is Leonard A. Rosing's
friend, every child knows his cheery
smile, and his home, made brighter by
ft charming wife and three beautiful
children, is the ideal American fireside.
Mr. Hosing is in no sense a revolu
tionist, and in every sense touching the
affairs of men an evolutionist, con
sistent and faithful in his belief. His
own career, leading from the station
of the humnle emigrant boy on an
isolated frontier farm to the leader
ship of a great political party and
managerial successes unprecedented
Warrant his faith in the evolutionary
political tenets to which he clings most
He is a strong man. In his veins
flows the blood of strong nations. He
thinks as a German he acts as a
Swede. The German conservatism is
nicely balanced with the Swedish ac
tivity and coupled with an entire lack
of policy for policy's EJike make him
a character clean, interesting, and ac
counts in a large degree* for his suc
cesses that accomplished by another
Would be as surprising as they are
Born in Air of Politics.
Leonard August Rosing was born at
Malmo, Sweden, Aug. 29, 1861. He is
the son of August George Rosing, an
attache of the Swedish civil govern
ment and the grandson of a German
citizen of Sweden. His mother was
the daughter of the colonel command
Ing one of the regiments of the impe
rial Swedish troops, a beautiful and
accomplished lady. Leonard is the
youngest of four children.
Until he arrived at the age of nine
years, the life of the Rosing family
under the sunshine of government and
family connections foreshadowed none
of the hardships its members were
soon to undergo, poor and alone in a
strange land. Then came reverses.
The sturdy, self-reliant father and the
proud mother gathered their little fam
ily and what was left them from the
wreck and set their faces toward free
America, to build anew a home and to
struggle on the strange frontier for an
independent, if sadly circumscribed
They came directly to Minnesota,
settling on a rented farm in Bell creek,
Goodhue county. Five years later they
removed to the little forty-acre patch
of grubs which has since been trans
formed into a typical Minnesota farm
and Which is still the home of Rosing
senior. The Rosing children were in
the dame schools in the fatherland and
..in their new home no privation was
permitted to prevent them from receiv
ing the meager tutoring of the district
Leonard stayed on the farm until
lie was twenty years of age. In 1882 he
went to cannon .fans, oniy nve mnes
from the home farm, and secured em
ployment as a clerk in a general store.
Four years later he married. Six years
after or in 1888, he Went into business
for himself, at the stand which he now
occupies as the senior member of the
firm of Rosing & Kraft, dealers In
boots, shoes and furnishings.
Debut as a Politician.
In 1890 he for the first time appeared
On the political stage, as a supporter
of O. M. Hall for congress. In 1894
he was a canlidate fop the state senate
and made siu-h a remarkable campaign
that two years later he found himself
called upon to accomplish the seeming
ly impossible task—reorganize the
Democratic party as the chairman of
the state central committee. The work
was done. In. .1898 John Lind was
elected governor. In 1902 Mr. Rosing
is the unanimous choice of the Democ
racy of the state to succeed Governor
Lind as the party standard bearer.
Mr. Rosing's political- career, re
markable as it is, is marked at every
step by the man and the indomitable
courage to do what he believes is right,
regardless of the personal sacrifice the
exercise of hjg conscience may involve.
He was reared a .Republican by a fath
er who Is still a Republican and whose
just pride in his son is still slightly
tinged with regret that the son has
broken away* from the father's politi
It has been charged that Mr. Rosing
has never made a political sacrifice. It
is an unthinking and unjustified charge
brought by thos'6-whb know neither the
man nor his career. His retirement
from the Republican party under the
existing conditions was a sacrifice, at
that time considered suicidal and a
sacrifice made solely for principle.
In common with the Republicans of
Minnesota, Mr. Rosing Relieved in tar
iff reform and"fn common with the ma
jority of the Republicans who have
stifled principle for the sake of party,
believed that the tariff reform which
the Republican party promised, meant
tariff reduction.. Instead of tariff re
duction came the McKinley bill and
true to principle Rosing left the party
and affiliated with the Democrats.
Leaves Republican Party.
He was a delegate to the Goodhue
Republican county convention in 1890
and his last act as a Republican was
the introduction and passage at that
convention of a resolution indorsing
Senior Davis'' bill putting binding
MRS. LEONARD A. ROSING.
twine on the free list. From that con
vention he walked out a Democrat to
what seemed inevitable political ob
livion but held cheap at the price of
Mr. Rosing took the stump for O. M.
Hall, the Democratic congressional
candidate, who was re-elected. Again
in 1892 he stumped the county for Hall
who was re-elected and in 1894 he ac
cepted the Democratic nomination for
the state senate to assist Hall. Out
of 7,000 votes in Goodhue county only
1,200 were Democratic, yet Mr. Rosing
polled 1,855, which was, little short of
remarkable considering the discontent
among Democrats-over the- Cleveland
His services on the congressional
committee in 18&2 and 1894 and his
stirring, logical tariff speeches in the
latter campaign made him a marked
man in the Democracy of the state.
He was invited to address the Jeffer
son banquet and left a. profound im
Early in August, 189 G, the Democrat
ic state ticket was nominated. Two
weeks later the young Goodhue county
leader was elected chairman of the
state committee ''and confronted with
the task of organizing' a party popular
ly supposed to be'di Erupted beyond re
pair. There was .absolutely no state
party organization. What little there
had been in the preceding years had
disappeared like dew before the sun in
the strife of honest differences which
divided the party between gold and
The election was only ten weeks dis
tant. There was no money. Rosing
was unknown in many counties and
in fully as many knew no one in whom
he could trust or to whom he could
look for advice. With the most popu
lar candidate ever nominated at the
head of a Minnesota ticket and his
own indomitable -pluck,, he began the
Work of organization. The organiza
tion could be only superficial but the
results achieved startled the Repub
licans not alone of Minnesota but of
the United States.
First Great Work.
Democrats in every county in Min
nesota responded loyally to the call
of the magnetic leader at the helm.
They were loaded with responsibility
and worked as they had never before
dreamed of working in the apathetic
days of the conceded Republican suc
cesses. u-ney" worked against a normal
Republican majority of 40,000 and
without money sufficient to defray the
postage bills of some of $he Repub
It was a presider -'al year. Mr. Mc
Kinley carried the state by 58,000. On
the face of the returns Governor
Clough was elected but by only 3,300
or 55,0 0 behind his ticket. Republic*
ans were astounded, Democrats de
lighted and their faith in their new
leader established safe from any at
Early in the spring of the following
year Mr. Rosing began the work of
organization for the campaign of 1898.
In January, 1898, he had perfected or
ganizations in every county in the
state headed by capable, energetic
men backed up by the 1" 1 and intel
ligent co-operation oi subordinate
workers in every precinct, The actual
workers were invited to the annual
banquet and the largest political af
fair of the kind ever given in Minne
sota was the result.
The ensuing campaign will be ever
memorable in the annals of Minneso
ta's political history Without money,
indeed, with funds barely sufficient to
maintain a well equipped working
force at the state headquarters, Chair
man Rosing put thousands of men to
work. Every main was given his part.
His shar6 of the campaign was turned
'ieampai^ftf 6rg$*I^att iWas
With hlm^ihwery effort atid had a
watchful eye on every movement. Ad
vice, suggestion, help, words of good
cheer were constantly Aheirs and in St.
Paul the silent man frqm Goodhue
county, working eighteen or twenty
hours every day, kept always in per
sonal touch with them and their re
Complete Mastery of Details.
In the latter days of the campaign,
the Republicans resting secure in what
they believed an overwhelming defeat
of the Fusion candidate, laughed to
scorn the confident cU ns of the man
from Goodhue. He was not talking for
publication or effect but when ques
tioned touching the result of the cam
paign consistently claimed Mr. Lind
would be elected. The day preceding
the election he placed Mr. Lind's plu
rality at 20,000 and advised his friends
inclined to speculate that it was en
tirely safe to place their bets on a
plurality of that size. The Republic
ans laughed and took the bets.
The result is history. Mr. Lind was
elected. His plurality was within 200
votes of the estimate given by Mr.
Rosing and the difference was on the
safe side. Mr. Rosing went with Gov
ernor Lind to the executive office as
private secretary. There is no gainsay
ing that Mr. Lind was governor every
minute of his incumbency, but that his
CANNON FALLS RESIDENCE ROSING.
private secretary was close to the gov
ernor is equally true. Grovernor Lind,
free from the practice of anything like
policy for policy's sake, 'the governor
who did things because he believed
them right and allowed the advocates
of policy to do the worrying, found a
worthy and esteemed lieutenant in the
man who managed his wonderful cam
paign. Mf. Rosing was thd go vernor's
eonflde at helper and with his Immense
capacity for detail acquired a compre
hensive knowledge of the state and its
government as great, if not greater,
than any man ever connected with an
Natural Choice of Party.
The campaign of 1900 which can only
be considered in the light of a triumph
LEONARD A. ROSING.
for both Governor Lind'and Chairman
Rosing was in many respects a repeti
tion of the campaign of 1898. The Re
publican success was not of a kind that
carries large credit with it and after
20,000 improperly marked ballots,
through the grace of Tams Bixby and
his Social-Democrat candidate were
thrown out, Van Sant was declared
elected by only,a bare 2,000.
When John Lind declined to again
make the race at the head of the
Democracy of Minnesota, the party's
choice naturally enough fell unani
mously on his trusted friend and tried
lieutenant. Democrats know and like
all men who know him place the most
implicit trust in Leonard A. Rosing.
Without any o£ the much flaunted
peace conferences of other states and
harmony meetings, which have resulted
only in Wider br^aChes, the Democracy
of Minnesota is-United. No man is re
sponsible in so large a degree as Leon
ard A. Rosing ^ftd no man is more de
serving of the IpyaJ party support
Nov sacrifice^or- the: party's -good
has been too great for this, leader! His
businessvhis feqme an,d all his personal
interest^" have been relegated to, sec
ondary' places %hen the party was
in need ofi his services or his money.
The party has been able to give him
no substantial 'compensation for his
years of toil. He stepped from his
country store to the helm of the cam
paign. His business was neglected to
give his party and the state the bene
fit of his trained mind as secretary to
the governor and when his services
were no longer required he stepped
back to the country store, a poorer
man, repaid only by the thought that
his services had been well rendered.
Faith Stronger Than Self Interest.
Now that the party again calls for
his leadership, this time as a candi
date for the executive head of the
state, he again accepts the call and
again at a heavy personal sacrifice.
Again his home and his business must
be neglected. Hq, responds cheerfully
notwithstanding the fact that he can
ill afford it for Mr. Rosing is not a
rich man. Keen business man that
he is his devotion to his party and his
open handed generosity have kept him
poor, but his faith in conservative re
form, lus large views of life and his
loyalt "to the Democracy are stronger
than self interest.
Mr. Rosing is not a great orator yet
there are few better campaign speak-
era or more interesting and convincing
argumentative conversationalists. He
is a thinker. His heart works with
his brain. He knows what he wishes
to say and he says it in a manner
at once clear, convincing, comprehen
sive. Ilis manners are simple. His
smile genial, genuine. The grasp of
his hand is, warm, earnest. He is a
man. Contact frith him leaves no
other impression. His success andas
cendency ove.r men is easily under-"
stood when the man himself is known,
but those successes mark innumerable
battles against circumstances Under
which a weaker man wouliil succumb.
Interesting as Mr. Rosing's career
as a politician in the broader, accept
ance of the term politician is, his pri
vate career has a deeper interest. He
is a fine type of the self-ma,de, self
educated American and American' he
is always." Few men have reached 'the
pinnacle of political success attained
by Mr. Rosing with the handicaps he
has successfully carried. And fewer
men have successfully withstood tha
ravages of temptation practical poli
tics present in hundreds of forms, as
has the simple farmer boy, country
merchant and great but simple party
leader. He has come through all his
battles with a reputation and a con
science unsullied. His disposition, is
no less sunny than when he was only
the simple farmer boy and his faith
in man is unabridged.
Early Life of Privation.
Only the older residents of Goodhue
county, or those similarly situated in
those strenuous frontier days can fully
realize the hardships endured by the
Rosing family. The father, a land
owner, a gentleman of the court of
Sweden, The sweetfaced mother, born
in the lap of luxury a lady in the
highest sense, and their children, tran$
ferred from the highest social circleis
and a life of ease and pleasure to the
tiny log cabin among the Goodhue
grubs and a fight for existence.
It is to the good blood of his for
bears and the culture of his parents
that Mr. Rosing owes in the largest
degree Jiis success. Strong in the
strength of good birth and clean hearts
the parents never faltered in the long,
weary struggle for a competency and
children never enjoyed better precept.
They were taught to l^bor and pray.
Their home, humble as it was, was
made the dearest place in the world
and they were never allowed to forget
that principle and clean hearts carry
the highest honors and are symbolical
of the truest nobility.
Leonard, the youngest of four, chil
dren and least schooled in the mother
country, received only the education
of the country school, probably only
typical of the backwoods school of
thirty years ago, and the instruction
given by his mother. He worked as
only the sons of settlers have worked,
but he was a thinker and at the age
of fourteen had commanded the at
tention of several of the professional
CHILDREN MRS LEONARD ROSING.
men of the country, who were attracted
to the humble Rosing home by the
culture of the parents.
*The boy was a deep reader of all
the good literature that came in his
way. Naturally enough his largest op
portunities for study were offered by
the newspapers and they were few in
those days. His interest in current
events touching policies of government
and vital questions of society was es
Broad and Deep Thinker.
He first attracted the attention of
the men who bave since watched his
career with the pardonable pride of
personal interest, by the discovery that
the boy of thirteen was thoroughly
conversant with a vigorous war of
rhetoric being waged by a prominent
newspaper man and a leading divine
of the Swedish church over a question
of canonical practice which Involved
the funeral rites.
As a boy he was always able to bring
other boys around to his way of think
ing. He went to the bottom of a ques*
tion, probed every side of a problem
and summed it up concisely, logically.
When he was twenty years old he /eft
the farm to enter the business world
as clerk in a general store. His par
ents were able to give him nothing
but health and clean morals. He at
once attracted the attention of the
leading citizens of Cannon Falls, how
ever, by his gentlemanly manners and
clean personal life and by the time he
bad attained his majority he was estab
lished as one of the recognized leaders
iaf thought and promoters of civic in
terest in the little town.
His early manhood and business ca
reer were marked by the dominant
characteristics that have made him a
power in politics. A careful student
of the young man divided his promi
nent character marks under three
heads. That was twenty years «go.
Today he has not changed his estimate
fn the slightest particular. His chart
of Rosing'B character is:
First—Tenacity of purpose s«C£ re
Second—Large faith in men, high
Ideals and unbounded good nature.
Third—Indomitable courage and loy
alty to the point that knows no turn
ing back from a friend.
The young clerk rose rapidly In- a
few years he embarked In business
for himself and as business man in
the same degree aa an emoloyehehaa
enjoyed the fullest confidence of the
entire community. In his business his
remarkable abilities as a judge of hu
man nature is vividly-shown.
Loved as a Neighbor.
Mr. Rosing is.perhaps best known in
Cannon Falls as a neighbor. Scores of
Stories are told of his open handed
generosity always carefully guarded
from the public and a kindly thought
fulness almost womanly in its depth
of feeling and delicacy. This little
story told by one of Cannon Fall's lead
ing citizens is fully indicative of that
side of his character.
A few years ago the little town was
Visited by an diphtheria epidemic. This
gentleman law two of his children car
ried away to the little city of the dead
on the hillside, without benefit of
clergy or attendance of sorrowing
friends. The attendance of the public
at the funeral was forbidden by the
health authorities nearby, frantic in
their efforts to stop the epidemic.
And then his little son, the apple
of his eye, died. Friends were shut
out. He was alone with his wife in
their, sorrow, deepened by the chill of
winter.. When the gentleman alone
with the body of his child arrived at
the burial place, he found that some
one, unable to express his sympathy
in another manner, had covered the
frozen walls of the little grave with
pure white cloth. The mounds of ugly
clods were similarly hidden and knots
of evergreen held the lining in place.
It was an attention that the grief
stricken father will never forget but
it was not until long after, when one
who saw the grave draped and dis
closed the identity of the Samaritan,
that he knew his comforter was Mr.
A Glimpse of the True Man.
That is only one of many incidents
which the citizens of Cannon Falls de
light to tell of their friend and neigh
bor but it illustrates the depth of his
feeling and his keen appreciation of
the sensibilities of the human heart.
His civic pride is intense and the
pretty little town where he has lived
half of his forty years and which was
his boyhood's metropolis and its wel
fare are among his chief concerns and
delights. He has never sought or held
any local office, but he is a leader in
every public movement. And he is nev
er so deep in private or party business
that he cannot lay it all aside to lend
a helping hand for Cannon Falls. Now
lie is deep in a scheme to secure public
title to a beautiful, natural park site
within three minutes walk of tlie busi-
ness center of the town, which he
hopes will some not distant day be the
suburban home of many St. Paul and
His home life shows the best side
of Mr.. Rosing. In 1886 he was married
to Miss May B. Season. His bride was
a native of Cannon Falls and a suc
cessful teacher in the public schools.
She brought to the. modest little home
where they started, the graces of true
notfility and the accomplishments of a
cultured lady. They live in a larger
house now, and their unpretentious
home is the embodiment of modest
comfort and unmistakable refinement.
The first thought of the guest at the
Rosing home is the wonder that Mr.
Rosing, surrounded by his charming
wife and his three beautiful children,
could be Induced to give up any part
of his enjoyment of the home life in
which he takes such evident delight
to fight the battles of a political party.
Hie Family and His Home^
His children, George Leonard, aged
fourteen, a quiet, studious boy Mar
guerita Ebba, twelve, a spirituelle lit
tle miss, and Willis Season, a lovable
little fellow of- six years just arrived
at the dignity of knickerbockers, rev
erence their father not alone as a pa»
ent but ap a friend and a companion.
With his wife and children about him
he is at his best and admits that then
his life is full.
An hour's conversation with Mr.
Rosing leaves the stranger in amaze
ment at the depth of his self-education.
A'peep in his compact little library
and den* explains it all and reveals the
man. Close in his favorite corner is
his private book case. Its shelves con
tain only a. few dozens volumes but
they furnish an^index to the curricu
lum of his school, the school of men
and conditions. At the top in the
place of hohor are the complete writ
ings of Thomas Jefferson. Then the
messages and papers of the presidents
of the United States World's Best
Orations, Encyclopedia Brittanica, com
plete bound sets of the Review of Re
views, Rent's Commentaries and kin
dred text books on various phases of
the law. John Flsk, McCauleyl Gib
bon, Washington Irving, Byron,
Shakespeare, Milton. It is the library
of a busy man. It and the men In
tevery day life have furnished the text
.books of an education as liberal as
sractical. G. A. VAN 8MITH.
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Pres,, Leslie Code vice pres.. Ed.
Maere treas., Louis Pedersen fin.
sec., M. Ayseth, 801 East Second
street rec. sec., James Powers, HI
East Third street.
THE SMITH PREMIER
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writer for (be Office,
W W. WISWELL, Mgr,
Representative at Duluth and West
221 West Superior St., Duluth, Mian..
1204 Tower Ave., W. Superior,.Wis.
The Doctor's Sn^y.
From the Montevideo Commercial:
Talk about mergers, if the doctors
haven't got one in connection with this
smallpox scare that would put Jiin 1&U
ih the shade/we're not saying apyfhUis.
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