09/08/1815 - 04/22/1903

RAMSEY, Alexander, a Clerk from Dauphin County; born, September 8, 1815 in Hummelstown, Dauphin County, Pa.; graduated, Lafayette College; lawyer (1839-1903); secretary, Pennsylvania Electoral College (1840); elected, Chief Clerk, Pennsylvania House of Representatives (January 7, 1841-January 6, 1842); elected, United States Congress (1843-1847); elected, Governor, territory of Minnesota (1849-1853); elected, mayor, St. Paul, Mn. (1855-1856); unsuccessful campaign, Governor of Minnesota (1857); elected, Governor, Minnesota (1860-1863); elected, United States Senate (1863-1875); presidential appointee, United States Secretary of War (1879-1881); presidential appointee, Edmunds Commission, Utah (1882-1886; chair, 1882-1885); died, April 22, 1903 in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota; interred, Oakland Cemetery, St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota.


Archival Collections

Alexander Ramsey collection (1829-1965), Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Congressional Biography

After 1 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Alexander Ramsey went on to serve in congress

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