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James Beach Wakefield

In office
1875 – 1877
Governor Cushman Davis and John S. Pillsbury
Preceded by Alphonso Barto
Succeeded by Charles A. Gilman

In office
1866 – 1866
Preceded by Jared Benson
Succeeded by John Q. Farmer

Born March 21, 1825(1825-03-21)
Winsted, Connecticut
Died August 25, 1910 (aged 85)
Blue Earth, Minnesota
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nannette Reinhart
Profession lawyer, judge, politician

James Beach Wakefield (March 21, 1825 – August 25, 1910) was a United States Representative from Minnesota; born in Winsted, Connecticut; attended the public schools at Westfield, Massachusetts, and Jonesville, New York; was graduated from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut in 1846; studied law in Painesville, Lake County, Ohio; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Delphi, Indiana, in 1852; moved to Shakopee, Minnesota, in 1854; first judge of the probate court of Faribault County, Minnesota; elected as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1858, 1863, and 1866, serving as speaker in the session of 1866; member of the Minnesota State Senate 1867 – 1869; appointed receiver of the United States Land Office at Winnebago City Township, Minnesota, June 1, 1869, and served until January 15, 1875, when he resigned; 8th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota 1875 – 1877; elected as a Republican to the 48th and 49th congresses, (March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1887); retired from public life; died at Blue Earth, Faribault County, Minnesota; interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Painesville, Ohio.


Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas H. Armstrong
Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
Succeeded by
John Q. Farmer
Preceded by
Alphonso Barto
8th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
1875 – 1877
Succeeded by
Charles A. Gilman
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Horace B. Strait
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 2nd congressional district
1883 – 1887
Succeeded by
John Lind


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