ALEXANDER RAMSEY, the second governor of Minnesota, was born in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania on September 8, 1815. Admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1839, he served as a Whig politician in the early 1840s, followed by two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ramsey was accused of fraud and not exonerated until 1854—the year after a new territorial governor was appointed. His interest in government prompted him to study law, and in 1839 he was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar. The Alexander Ramsey Historic Site occupies a parcel of land that was owned by Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota’s first territorial governor, and his heirs between 1850 and 1964. Alexander Ramsey, who served as both the first governor of the Minnesota Territory and the second governor of the state, was born in Pennsylvania in 1815. Although my own ancestors - the Wells family - founded Milford in the 18th century, its most prominent resident was Gifford Pinchot, a two-time Governor of Pennsylvania. He also served as the territorial governor of Minnesota from 1849 to 1853 and was the mayor of St. Paul in 1855. In 1863, he was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served until 1875. The Mississippi River forms a municipal boundary on part of the city's west, southwest and southeast sides. Field trip options School Tours. Ramsey was of Scottish and German ancestry. Through special events and programming visitors can immerse themselves in life from the 1870s. MN city of largest U.S. execution. Jayne Becker is an educator and public historian with seventeen years of experience in the history and museum field. [2] His brother was Justus Cornelius Ramsey, who served in the Minnesota Territorial Legislature. Forty people have been governor of Minnesota, though historically there were also three governors of Minnesota Territory. Ramsey was elected from Pennsylvania as a Whig to the U.S. House of Representatives and served in the 28th and 29th congresses from March 4, 1843 to March 3, 1847. The Supreme Court upheld the federal law that denied polygamists the right to vote. The Alexander Ramsey Papers and Records Biographical Sketch Origin of the Papers Description of the Papers Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers Genealogy Undated Pennsylvania, 1829-1849 Minnesota Territorial Governor, 1849-1853 Interim, 1853-1859 . The home was built by Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota's first … Early years and family. Ramsey was born on September 8, 1815, in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. Alexander Ramsey served as the first Territorial Governor of Minnesota from June 1, 1849 to May 15, 1853 as a member of the Whig Party. The Governor of Minnesota is the chief executive of the U.S. state of Minnesota, leading the state's executive branch. After bands of Dakota attacked farms and towns in southwestern parts of the state, Ramsey appointed Sibley commander of the US forces sent to fight the Dakota. His second bid was successful, and he served as state governor from 1860 to 1863. Ramsey was elected the second Governor of Minnesota after statehood and served from January 2, 1860 to July 10, 1863. Ramsey was reluctant to leave Pennsylvania but realized the move would benefit his career. Alexander Ramsey was elected from Pennsylvania as a Whig to the U.S. House of Representatives and served in the 28th and 29th congresses from March 4, 1843 to March 4, 1847. RAMSEY, ALEXANDER, a Representative from Pennsylvania and a Senator from Minnesota; born near Harrisburg, Pa., September 8, 1815; attended the common schools and Lafayette College, Easton, Pa.; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1839 and commenced practice in Harrisburg; secretary to the electoral college of Pennsylvania in 1840; clerk of the State house of representatives in 1841; elected from … Alexander Ramsey was good as a governor. On taking office, Ramsey inherited a state recovering from the financial panic of 1857. Explore the unexpected at the Alexander Ramsey House, a Victorian-era home filled with thousands of original family items and furnishings. Alexander Ramsey was elected from Pennsylvania as a Whig to the U.S. House of Representatives and served in the 28th and 29th congresses from March 4, 1843 to March 4, 1847. Ramsey was born in 1815, the son of a blacksmith. Alexander Ramsey was born in 1815 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Records of territorial governor Alexander Ramsey, 1849-1853.. [Minnesota Territory. He therefore focused on economic development and balancing the budget. Explore the unexpected at the Alexander Ramsey House, a Victorian-era home filled with thousands of original family items and furnishings. [9] Ramsey declared on September 9, 1862: "The Sioux Indians of Minnesota must be exterminated or driven forever beyond the borders of the state. You can also learn about all our free newsletter options. He declined renomination, when appointed the 1st Territorial Governor of Minnesota, serving (1849-53), was Mayor of St. Paul Minnesota, in 1855 and was elected the 2nd Governor of Minnesota, serving (1860-63). The Alexander Ramsey Historic Site occupies a parcel of land that was owned by Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota’s first territorial governor, and his heirs between 1850 and 1964. In 1880, after the unjust court-martial of an African American West Point cadet assaulted by white classmates, he worked with other members of the Hayes administration to investigate and improve the school’s policies. Several Dakota alleged intimidation and fraud in the treaty signings, and Ramsey was one of the principal figures accused. In this role, he also acted as the territory’s Indian superintendent. 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Relph remembered for work on mental health issues, Inauguration prep: Advice and suggestions for Biden from Hamline students. June 1, 1849 “As the first territorial governor and second governor of the state, Alexander Ramsey presides over the early days of Minnesota politics. The home was built by Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota's first territorial governor. Deeply respected for many years as a founder of the state, Ramsey has become controversial for his role in removing the area’s Indigenous residents from their homelands. Alexander Ramsey was born in 1815 at Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. Ramsey next secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination and was elected governor by a popular vote on November 8, 1859. Ramsey served as Secretary of War from 1879 to 1881, under President Rutherford B. Built for Minnesota’s first territorial governor, Alexander Ramsey, this residence—one of the nation’s best-preserved Victorian homes— will immerse you in 1870s life and the spirit of the times. State governors are elected to office by popular vote, but territorial … Two years later he was a government representative at the signing of the Treaty of Traverse de Sioux, a treaty that reduced the size of the Dakota homelands by 24 million acres. He read law with Hamilton Alricks, and attended Reed's law School in Carlisle (now Pennsylvania State Dickinson Law) in 1839. In 1863, Ramsey was elected to the US Senate. Ramsey is credited with being the first Union governor to commit troops during the American Civil War. The first govenor of Minnesota was Alexander Ramsey. Ramsey was of Scottish and German ancestry. This content is shared with MinnPost by MNopedia, the digital encyclopedia created by the Minnesota Historical Society and supported by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Built for Minnesota’s first territorial governor, Alexander Ramsey, this residence—one of the nation’s best-preserved Victorian homes— will immerse you in 1870s life and the spirit of the times. He was the eldest child of Thomas Ramsey, a blacksmith of Scotch-Irish ancestry, and Elizabeth Kelker Ramsey, who was of German-Swiss descent. Among the throng of dignitaries was Minnesota’s first territorial governor, Alexander Ramsey, to officially lay the cornerstone for the people’s house - the grandest building in the state and one of the finest statehouse buildings in the country. Democrat Henry H. Sibley defeated him in the state’s first gubernatorial election in 1858. Grades K-12 Discover what life was like for Governor Alexander Ramsey and his family. Jayne Becker talked about Minnesota's first territorial governor, Alexander Ramsey, and gave a tour of his home and the collection it houses. He was the eldest child of Thomas Ramsey, a blacksmith of Scotch-Irish ancestry, and Elizabeth Kelker Ramsey, who was of German-Swiss descent. Alexander Ramsey was the first territorial governor of Minnesota and the second governor after it gained its statehood. Alexander Ramsey, ca. Ramsey served in this role from 1849 – 1853, before being elected Mayor of St. Paul. Early years and family. The first Territorial Governor for Minnesota was Alexander Ramsey, who lived in Mendota, Dakota County in 1849. Despite these assets and a sound public educational program, the site has experienced a steady decline in attendance. He represented Minnesota for twelve years. The mansion contains approximately 14,000 original furnishings and has one of the most intact collections of Victorian-era artifacts in the Midwest. Alexander Ramsey, the first territorial governor, also served as state governor several years later. He was elected to a second term in 1861. 1956 Press Photo Alexander Ramsey, first governor of Minnesota Territory This is an original press photo. Alexander Ramsey, ca. Alexander Ramsey was elected from Pennsylvania as a Whig to the U.S. House of Representatives and served in the 28th and 29th congresses from March 4, 1843, to March 3, 1847. The Alexander Ramsey House is an 11,000-square-foot mansion that was home to Minnesota's first territorial governor. Named for Alexander Ramsey, the first territorial governor of Minnesota. 1848. "Senator Ramsey" redirects here. Alexander Ramsey was elected from Pennsylvania as a Whig to the U.S. House of Representatives and served in the 28th and 29th congresses from March 4, 1843 to March 3, 1847. Their two sons, Alexander and William, died in childhood, but their daughter, Marion, survived into adulthood. The government’s most urgent task was to remove Dakota and Ojibwe people from the land and open it for settler-colonists who were flooding into the territory. Prior to his appointment, he was the deputy postmaster of St. Paul and the personal secretary of Alexander Ramsey, first Territorial Governor of Minnesota. Criminal conspirator and Territorial Governor Alexander Ramsey. Only one daughter, Marion, survived past childhood.[2]. Before the appointment of the first State Law Librarian, Dr. Thomas Foster, who served as private secretary to first Territorial Governor Alexander Ramsey, also served as ex-officio territorial librarian from May 27, 1849 to November 1849. [12] The act made it illegal for polygamists to vote or hold office. He served as the first Territorial Governor of Minnesota from June 1, 1849, to May 15, 1853, as a member of the Whig Party. Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Casey Family Programs, Active Voice the MacArthur Foundation, and the Stuart Foundation. Field trip options School Tours. In 1855 Ramsey was elected mayor of St. Paul and by 1857 he had joined the new Republican Party. Alexander Ramsey was elected from Pennsylvaniaas a Whigto the U.S. House of Representativesand served in the 28thand 29thcongresses from March 4, 1843, to March 3, 1847. On May 11, 1858, Minnesota was officially admitted as the 32nd state of the United States of America. Alexander Ramsey (1815-1903) ° Secretary of War (1879-1881) under President Hays. In August 1862, war erupted in Minnesota after years of broken treaties, starvation on the reservations, and tension between the Dakota and settler-colonists. Mankato. Alexander Ramsey (September 8, 1815 – April 22, 1903) was an American politician. On September 9, Ramsey delivered a speech to the Minnesota legislature. When he heard about the firing on Fort Sumter he went straight to the White House and offered Minnesota's services to Abraham Lincoln. For helping Zachary Taylor carry Pennsylvania in the election of 1848, Ramsey was appointed governor of the recently organized Minnesota Territory. The Court had controlled the management of the Library since July 1, 1878 (Minn. Laws ch. Named for Alexander Ramsey, the first Minnesota territorial governor It is the smallest county in Minnesota in terms of area, but the most densely populated. [5], Ramsey first studied carpentry at Lafayette College but left during his third year. Through special events and programming visitors can immerse themselves in life from the 1870s. Prior to his appointment, he was the deputy postmaster of St. Paul and the personal secretary of Alexander Ramsey, first Territorial Governor of Minnesota. She has worked for the Minnesota Historical Society and Three Rivers Park District. He served as the first Territorial Governor of Minnesota June 1, 1849 to May 15, 1853 as a member of the Whig Party. These statements came in response to attacks by the Dakota on American settlements, resulting in the death of not less than 800 civilian men, women and children and the displacement of thousands more. Ramsey retired from politics in 1886. Date MN became a state. He served as the first Territorial Governor of Minnesota from June 1, 1849 to May 15, 1853 as a member of the Whig Party. He ran as a Republican for state governor in 1857 but lost to Democrat Henry Sibley by 240 votes. He happened to be in Washington, D.C., when fighting broke out. Alexander Ramsey served as both the first governor of the Minnesota Territory and the second governor of the state. First Territorial Governor June 1, 1849 - May 15, 1853. He served as Minnesota's Territorial Librarian from February 1851 to 1853. Delegation- one or more persons chosen to Alexander Ramsey. May 11, 1858. He served as a Whig and Republican over a variety of offices between the 1840s and the 1880s. The park recognizes Alexander Ramsey (1815 to 1903), who was the first Territorial Governor and second Governor of Minnesota. Alexander Ramsey was born September 8, 1815, at Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. Ramsey […] He participated in local politics as a young man and followed closely the events at the statehouse in Harrisburg. Alexander Ramsey, the only man to be both appointed as governor of the territory and then elected as governor of the state, was born September 8, 1815, at Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, near Harrisburg. He was the first Minnesota Territorial Governor. Alexander Ramsey was elected from Pennsylvania as a Whig to the U.S. House of Representatives and served in the 28th and 29th congresses from March 4, 1843 to March 4, 1847. Alexander Ramsey (September 8, 1815 – April 22, 1903) was an American politician. Deeply respected for many years as a founder of the state, he has become controversial for his role in removing the area’s Indigenous residents from their homelands. He served as a board member of the St. Paul Public Library and twice served as president of the Minnesota Historical Society. Alexander Ramsey- was the first territorial governor and second state governor. Senator, having been elected to that post in 1863 as a Republican. White was born on August 8, 1827 in Massachusetts. Ramsey was of Scottish and German ancestry. Ramsey's house in Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1960. Alexander Ramsey was Minnesota’s first territorial governor (1849–1853), second state governor (1860–1863), and a US senator (1864–1875). In 1848, Ramsey campaigned in Pennsylvania for Zachary Taylor, the Whig nominee for president. The first Territorial Governor for Minnesota was Alexander Ramsey, who lived in Mendota, Dakota County in 1849. To the Honorable Tim Walz, Governor of Minnesota; On Earth as it is in Heaven Ramsey became secretary of war for President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1879. Minnesota's first territorial governor, Alexander Ramsey, came from Pennsylvania. He resigned the governorship to become a U.S. Ramsey was elected the second Governor of Minnesota after statehood and served from January 2, 1860, to July 10, 1863. 88). Later, he becomes a U.S. senator and secretary of war, and will live into the 20th century, a symbol of… The war lasted six weeks; about 70 soldiers, about 530 white civilians, and uncounted Dakota were killed. First territorial governor of MN. Designed by Saint Paul architect Monroe Sheire in the French Second Empire Style, it … The couple had three children, two of whom died in … He served as the first Territorial Governor of Minnesotafrom June 1, 1849, to May 15, 1853, as a member of the Whig Party. He served as the first Territorial Governor of Minnesota June 1, 1849 to May 15, 1853 as a member of the Whig Party. He was a delegate to the Whig national convention in 1840 and in 1843 began the first of two terms in the US House of Representatives. 1849. Ramsey served as mayor of St. Paul in 1855. 1848. In 1845, Ramsey married Anna Earl Jenks. First Territorial Governor: Alexander Ramsey (also second State Governor) First State Governor: Henry Sibley in 1858. In 1863, Congress passed laws removing the Dakota and Ho-Chunk (none of whom had fought in the war) from Minnesota. He served as the first Territorial Governor of Minnesota from June 1, 1849 to May 15, 1853 as a member of the Whig Party. Ramsey and four others were defendants in the Supreme Court case Murphy v. Ramsey, 114 U.S. 15 (1885). The new president rewarded Ramsey by appointing him governor of the recently organized Minnesota Territory. In 1845, Ramsey married Anna Earl Jenks. Deeply respected for … Alexander Ramsey was Minnesota’s first territorial governor (1849–1853), second state governor (1860–1863), and a US senator (1864–1875). Grades K-12 Discover what life was like for Governor Alexander Ramsey and his family. Alexander Ramsey, who served as both the first governor of the Minnesota Territory and the second governor of the state, was born in Pennsylvania in 1815. Wallace B. It is Minnesota’s first Territorial Governor, the much-celebrated Alexander Ramsey, who conspires with Indian sub-agent John Watrous and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to concoct a scheme to force the Lake Superior Ojibwe to relocate to Minnesota. The Alexander Ramsey House is a historic house museum in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States; the former residence of Alexander Ramsey, who served as the first governor of Minnesota Territory and the second governor of the state of Minnesota. He supported the Radical Republicans,[7] who called for vigorous prosecution of the Civil War, and a military reconstruction of the South. 1848.Alexander Ramsey was Minnesota’s first territorial governor (1849–1853), second state governor (1860–1863), and a US senator (1864–1875). He is notable for his involvement in the Dakota War of 1862, being the first governor to lend troops for the Civil War effort and becoming the Secretary of War under President Hayes. Alexander Ramsey (September 8, 1815 – April 22, 1903) was an American politician. Governor Alexander Ramsey makes Minnesota the first state to pledge its militia to the Union: 11/05/1861: 11/05/1861: Republican governors Andrew of Massachusetts and Ramsey of Minnesota easily re-elected: 04/15/1865: 04/15/1865: Vice-President Andrew Johnson takes the oath as seventeenth President of the United States He was the first Minnesota Territorial Governor.. JonBenét Ramsey's brother, CBS settle suit: A $750 million defamation lawsuit filed against CBS by the brother of JonBenét Ramsey has been settled.Court records show that … He served as a Whig and Republican over a variety of offices between the 1840s and the 1880s. ramsey definition: Proper noun 1. [8] He voted for the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson. Alexander Ramsey (September 8, 1815 – April 22, 1903) was an American politician. Alexander Ramsey. In 1845, he married Anna Jenks, whose father was a Congressman from Pennsylvania. Posts about Alexander Ramsey written by PrayThroughHistory. Alexander Ramsey, first governor of Minnesota territory and second state governor, probably sat for this Brady portrait between 1863 and 1875 while he … Alexander Ramsey, the only man to be both appointed as governor of the territory and then elected as governor of the state, was born September 8, 1815, at Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, near Harrisburg. [2] Alexander lived with his uncle in Harrisburg, after his family split up to live with relatives. Henry Hastings Sibley- fur trader, politician, and territorial representative in Washington DC. He was born near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on September 8, 1815. Ramsey joined the Whig party and became a rising star in Pennsylvania politics. He rose within the political ranks of Pennsylvania before coming to Minnesota in 1849 with his wife, Anna, and the first of their three children. Alexander Ramsey, who served as both the first governor of the Minnesota Territory and the second governor of the state, was born in Pennsylvania in 1815. Deeply respected for many years as a founder of the state, he has become controversial for his role in removing the area's Indigenous residents from their homelands. Alexander Ramsey, ca. When the Treaties of Traverse des Sioux and Mendota were signed with the Dakota in 1851, Ramsey played a key role in obtaining the signatures of Dakota leaders. 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