Outlines Ramsey's vision of government in Minnesota, touching on virtually every conceivable phase and aspect of the state. Identifies progress already achieved, what is in progress and what is yet to come.
litho print, may be hand-colored; view of Fort Snelling from the Mississippi River from opposite shore looking up towards the Round House and Barracks with ferryboat crossing the river; man standing in foreground on shore
Hennepin County Library, James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library
This document contains the text of a bill that was passed by the Minnesota Territorial Legislature in 1857 to transfer the capital of Minnesota from St. Paul to St. Peter. This document has been determined to have been written at that time, but it is most likely a working copy of the document that was passed by the legislature. Joseph Rolette, a member of the legislature who was opposed to the transfer of the capitol, disappeared with the original bill and failed to return it in time for it to be properly signed by Territorial Governor Willis Gorman, who had, in the meantime, signed a copy of the document that Rolette had taken. Governor Gorman's action was declared to be illegal by a Judge R. R. Nelson, thus ending the attempt to move the capitol.
This volume contains the debates, etc., of the Democratic section of the Minnesota Constitutional convention. The Democratic and the Republican sections of the convention met separately. The constitution finally adopted was the work of a joint committee. This volume is 685 pages and was printed by E. S. Goodrich, territorial printer.
More than 350 pages of the first meeting minutes of the Waseca County Board of Commissioners beginning in 1857. Contains the names of officials and the minutes noting the organization of towns, townships, school districts, elections; 335 actual handwritten pages, 25 blank pages, (pp. 341 and 342 are missing); page size: 7 3/4"" x 10 1/2"" handwritten.
The first vote recorded in Olmsted County was taken on October 13, 1857. The ballots were tallied and the totals were recorded by J. N. McLane, Clerk of the County Commissioners, on November 2, 1857. Voters cast ballots to determine if the proposed constitution would be accepted and for the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Congressmen, Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, State Auditor, State Treasurer, Attorney General, Clerk of the Supreme Court, Judge of the 3rd Judicial District, Attorney, Representatives, Senators, Clerk of District Court and Judge of Probate.
This volume contains the debates, etc., of the Republican section of the Minnesota Constitutional convention. The Democratic and the Republican sections of the convention met separately. The constitution finally adopted was the work of a joint committee. This volume is 624 pages and was printed by G. W. Moore.
This photograph shows the Land Office building in St. Peter. The Land Office was located in St. Peter from 1858 until 1870 in several locations. The building shown in this photograph appears to be on the east side of Minnesota Avenue.
Signatures of attorneys registered to practice law in the State of Minnesota. Names were verified and biographical data obtained from Minnesota Biographies (MHS 1912), Legislators Past and Present (website), State Board of Law Examiners register (1891-1921), Minnesota birth and death certificates indexes, Minnesota court system websites, published alumni directories of the University of Minnesota law school and the St. Paul College of Law, Minnesota Legal History Project (website), the Minnesota Historical Society's online catalog (PALS), and a variety of miscellaneous sources.
Portraits of ten Minnesota State Officers, incorporated into a six-pointed star: Governor Ramsey; Lt. Gov Donnelly; Secretary Baker; Treasurer Scheffer; Dept of Instruction Neill; Auditor Kraft; Atty General Cole; Statistician Wheelock; Adjt General Acker; and State Printer Van Vorhes.
Legislative Reference manual for the State of Minnesota containing the Constitution, Preamble and Articles, Permanent Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives, Joint Rules and lists of members of the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Minnesota for the year 1860.
James George was born in 1819 in New York state. In 1942, he married Rhoda Pierce. He lived for a time in Ohio where he was elected to Register of Deeds for Butler County (Ohio). James George served in the military during the Mexican War. He moved to Minnesota in 1854 and settled in Oronoco township (Olmsted County) on land acquired with a government warrant issued for payment of his services during the Mexican War. In 1858 he moved to Dodge County and help found the village of Wasioja. He later became interested in recruiting soldiers for the Civil War. He served in the Second Minnesota Volunteers and raised many of the recruits for Company C of that unit. At the close of the Civil War, he returned to Oronoco. In 1870, he opened a law office in Rochester and practiced law for many years before he died in 1882.