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William Rainey Marshall

Born: Oct 17, 1825

Death: Jan 8, 1896

Birthplace: Columbia

Nationality: United States

William Rainey Marshall

Date of Birth : Oct 17, 1825
Date of Death : Jan 8, 1896
Birth Place : Columbia

Willian Rainey Marshall was an American politician. He was the fifth Governor of Minnesota from January 8, 1866 to January 9, 1870 and was a member of the Republican party. He served as an officer in the 7th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the American Civil War. He was born in Columbia, Missouri. Marshall first settled in Illinois and Wisconsin, where he mined for lead and surveyed land. He was elected to served in the Wisconsin State Assembly in the 1st Wisconsin Legislature in 1848 as a Democrat, but his seat was unsuccessfully contested by Joseph Bowron, because his home in St. Croix Falls was on the west side of the new state line. In 1849 he crossed the St. Croix River to settle in St. Paul, soon home of his fledgling hardware business. He served a term in the first Minnesota territorial legislature, and his reputation grew when he served as chairman of the convention that founded the state's Republican Party. The one-time banker, dairy farmer, stock-raiser, and newspaper publisher volunteered to fight in both the Civil War and the Dakota War of 1862.

Also known as

  • William R. Marshall
  • William Marshall


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