Alonzo J. Edgerton

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Alonzo J. Edgerton

Alonzo Jay Edgerton (born June 7, 1827 in Rome , Oneida County , New York - †  August 9, 1896 in Sioux Falls , South Dakota ) was an American lawyer and politician ( Republican Party ) who founded the state of Minnesota in the US Senate represented.

After his education Alonzo Edgerton attended Wesleyan University in Middletown ( Connecticut ), where he made 1850 its conclusion. He moved to Minnesota in 1855, where he settled in Mantorville . As a result, he studied law , was admitted to the bar and began to practice as a lawyer in his new hometown. He later rose to be the Dodge County Attorney General .

Edgerton had his first political mandate between 1858 and 1859 as a member of the Minnesota Senate . After the outbreak of the civil war , he joined the Union Army and made it up to Brevet - Brigadier General . He left the military in 1867. From 1871 to 1875 he served as Railroad Commissioner for Minnesota; between 1877 and 1879 he sat again in the State Senate.

After the resignation of US Senator William Windom, who was appointed Treasury Secretary in the federal cabinet, on March 7, 1881, Alonzo Edgerton was appointed his successor in Congress . However, he only stayed in Washington from March 12, 1881 to October 30 of the same year , before handing his mandate back to Windom. He had resigned from his ministerial post after the murder of President James A. Garfield and had then reapplied for his former Senate seat.

Edgerton concentrated on his legal career in the following years. He was appointed Chief Justice in the Dakota Territory ; after the division of the territory into the states of North and South Dakota, he acted in the southern state as a judge at the local federal district court . He also later served as president of the South Dakota Constitutional Convention. Edgerton died in Sioux Falls in August 1896 and was buried in Mantorville.

Web links

  • Alonzo J. Edgerton in the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (English)