1841-1916. Lawyer, journalist, politician and captain in the Civil War. Born in Quincy, Illinois, he came to St. Paul in 1868. He raised funds for the education of the children of Civil War casualties and played a key role in the organization of the Minnesota Soldiers' Home. He also was instrumental in raising the necessary funds for the soldiers' monument in Summit Park. Through local and national appointments with the post office, he worked to improve postal service in St. Paul. He was editor and publisher of the St. Paul Daily Dispatch. He served in the 1873 Legislature and made significant contributions to the organization of the GOP in Minnesota. He was active in civic affairs in St. Paul, and served as the president of the Chamber of Commerce. As president of the North St. Paul Land Co., he had a vision for a working man's community. Through his initiative and drive, North St. Paul was developed and continues to this day to be a thriving community. Still valuable to researchers is his three-volume History of St. Paul and Vicinity, published in 1912. He also wrote the three-volume Minnesota, Its Story and Biography, published in 1915.
~Mary C. Combs, Oakdale, MN
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