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Alexander Ramses, the first territorial governor and also the second ?tate
governor, was born near Harris burg. Fa Sept. 8, 1S13 He was admitted to
the bar in 1S39 and practiced law at Haru&burg. He entered politics and
helped to carry Pennsylvania for Fiesident W. H. Harrison. In 1843 he
was elected to congress and re-elected in 1S44. In March. 1849. President
Taylor appointed Ramsey governor of the newly organized territory of Min
nesota. He was elected mayor of St. Paul in 1S55. In 18(53 he was elected
United States senator and then re-elected President Hayes appointed him
secretary of war in 1879, and he served in that capacity until the Garfield
administration began. He died at his home in St. Paul Aprii 22, 1903.
WILLIS A. GORMAN—1853-1857.
"Willis A. Gorman, the second teiutorial governor, was born near Flem
-fcigsburg. Ky Jan 12. 1SK lie was guduated tiom the law department
of Indiana university in 1S3(5. and he was elected to the state legislature in
Indiana and served five or six teims. He enlisted as a private in the Third
Indiana lcgiment for service in the Mexican war in 1846 and was chosen
major. He was at the battle of Duena Vista, where his horse was shot
under him, and he received permanent injury from the fall. A year later
he raised the Fourth reaiment, Indiana volunteers, became its colonel and
served until the close of the Mexican war In 1S48 Gorman was elected to
congress and served until March 4. 1853 The following May he was ap
pointed governor of the territory of Minnesota by President Pierce to suc
ceed Alexander Ramsey. Governor Gorman served as colonel of the First
Minnesota volunteers during the civil war and was made brigadier general
of volunteers. He was the first Democratic governor of Minnesota.
Samuel Medary, the third and last territorial governor of Minnesota, was
born in Montgomery Square. Pa., I'eb. 25. 1801. He attended Norristown
academy. In 1825 he went to Batavia, O., and became, respectively, county
surveyor, school trustee and county auditor. In 1828 he established the
Ohio Sun. He was elected to the state assembly as a Jackson man in 1834
and was afterward sent to the state senate, serving two years. He then
went to Columbus and bought the Western Hemisphere, which later became,
the Ohio Statesman and which he edited until 1857. As chairman of the
Ohio delegation to the Baltimore convention he took a leading part in nomi
nating Polk Ho was appointed governor of Minnesota territory by President
Buchanan He served from April 23. 1857. to May 24, 1858. He was terrt
^*~torial governor of Kansas in 1859-60. He died in Columbus, O., Nov. 7, 1864.
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HENRY A. SWIFT—l&fcc-1364.
Henry A. Swift was born at Kavemia. O, Maith 2:. 1S2:S. He was given
a common school education and entered the Western Reserve college at
Hudson, from which he was graduated lie studied law7 and was admitted
to the bar in 1845. He was assistant clerk in the Ohio legislature in 184G-7,
and the following term he held the chief clerkship of the Ohio house of
representatives. He removed to St Paul in 1833 and to St. Peter in 1856.
The Republicans nominated him for congress- in 1857. but he was defeated.
In 18G1 he was elected to the state senate and became ex officio lieutenant
governor. Early the same year Goveruoi Ramsey resigned and Mr Swift
became governor. He held the office only about six months, however, and
refused the nomination of the Republican party convention that fall He
died March 5, ISG9.
Stephen Miller was born in Perry, Pa., Jan. 17, 1S1G. He was given a
common school education He was an old line Whig and was elected probate
officer of Dauphin county in 1849. which position he held until 1855. At the
same time he was editor of the Telegraph, a Whig paper at Harrisburg.
Failing health induced him .to move to Minnesota, and in 1858 he engaged in
the merchandise business at St. Cloud. Two years later he was elected del
egate at large to the convention that nominated Lincoln for president, and
later in the same year his name beaded the electoral ticket. When the civil
war broke out he enlisted as a private, but was appointed lieutenant colonel
of the First regiment by Governor Ramsey and served with that regiment
until September. TSTi, when he was promoted to a colonelcy and given
command of the Seventh regiment He \va? promoted to the rank of brig
adier general and shortly afterward was elected governor.^gHe died at
Worthington in 1SS1. S S
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Henry H. Sibley, the first state governor, was born at Detroit, Mich.,
Feb. 20, 1S11. In 1S34 he formed a partnership ^ith H. L. Uousman and
Joseph Rolette in the American Fur Company of New York and became the
chief factor in the fur trade and grew wealthy. Governor Chambers of
Iowa territory in 1S38 appointed Sibley the first justice of the peace west
of the Mississippi in the present Minnesota. In 1S49 he was elected
to congress from the new territory and was re-elected in 1831. He was
elected president of the Democratic branch of the constitutional convention
and in 1858 was elected first governor of the state of Minnesota, defeating
Alexander Ramsey. He served in the legislature in 1871. GOA ernor Ramsey
appointed him commander of the expedition against the Sioux Indians in
the uprising of 1802. and he won a dccisho wctory over the savages at
Woodlake. General Sibloy died at his home in St. Paul Feb 18, 1891.
39th Annual I
WH CO FAIR
SEPT 13.14 & 15.1909
$3000 Exhibition Hall
for exhibits of vegetables, grains, fruits, ladies'
and children's handiwork and
New Barns for Horses, Cattle Etc.
Music by 2nd Regt. Band
on grand stand, and Orchestra
A NEW FEATURE
Auction Sale of Pure Bred Cattle
SENSATIONAL FREE ACTS
Brazelly Sisters Douglas & Douglas
The Great Samoya
Just the Word "Old."
Gunner—Yes, that's a girls' yacht
ing club, and they run a yacht with
out any male help. %£t
Guyer—And they will never forgive
that editor for writing them up.
Gunner—Why, he merely said ihey
Horses from Iowa, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin
and Minnesota entered in the races.
2:20 Pace, 3:00 Trot, 2:35 Pace, 2:30 Trot.
Running Race each day.
These are the Dates: Sept-13,14 and 1
O NORTHWESTERN PRODUCTS
AWOHLD' a EAIR .AT HOME
EXHIBITS—327ACRES OP MODERN INDUSTRIAL
TRIUMPHS-rTHOUSANDS OF STELLARATTRACTIONS
MYRIADS OF EDIFYING AMUSEMENTS-RED HOT
SPEED EVENTS ON THEWORLD'S RECOHD TRACK
BRILLIANT AUTOMOBILE SHOW-FASCINATING AND
FORTUNE COMPELLING VAUDEVILLE AND CIRCUS
PROGRAMS—DAZZLING PYROTECHNJCAL DISPLAYS
BIG HIPPODROME SHOW EYERY EVENING.
Guyer—No, he said they were "old
just the NameM ii ~^^M^m
Gunner—That's a fine-looking aparfe^ &
ment house over there. I S
Guyer—Yes, it is occupied by the
atrical people. Called a court, too.
Gunner—Ah, something fancy, like
"Duke's court" or King's court," 1
Guyer—No, it is called "Divorce