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John Lind

John Lind in 1899

In office
January 2, 1899 ‚Äď January 7, 1901
Lieutenant Lyndon Ambrose Smith
Preceded by David Marston Clough
Succeeded by Samuel Rinnah Van Sant

Born March 25, 1854(1854-03-25)
Småland Sweden
Died September 18, 1930 (aged 76)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Alice A. Shepard
Profession educator
Religion Unitarian

John Lind (March 25, 1854  ‚Äď September 18, 1930) was an American politician.



Lind was born in Kånna, Kronoberg County in the Swedish province of Småland and emigrated to the United States with his parents when he was thirteen years old. He served in the Spanish-American War in 1898. A former teacher and superintendent, he later graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School.

John Lind campaign button
Lind seated at his desk in the Minnesota State Capitol


Lind served as a Republican in the United States House of Representatives from March 4, 1887 to March 3, 1893 in the 50th, 51st, and 52nd congresses. He had a falling-out with the Republicans after serving in the U.S. House. Lind ran for governor as a Democrat and served as the 14th Governor of Minnesota from January 2, 1899, to January 7, 1901. He had also been endorsed by the Populists and Silver Republicans.

Lind also served in the United States House of Representatives from March 4, 1903, to March 3, 1905, as a Democrat. When he was elected Governor of Minnesota, he was the first non-Republican to hold that office in forty years. He died in 1930 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Following the assassination of Mexican President Francisco I. Madero and Vice President José María Pino Suárez on February 22, 1913, it became clear that U.S. Ambassador Henry Lane Wilson was complicit in the plot. As soon as the new U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan assumed office on March 15, 1913, they sent John Lind to Mexico as Wilson's personal envoy for Mexican affairs.

Personal life

Lind was known for having a temper. According to an article on the front page of the Moose Lake (Minnesota) Star on January 17, 1901: "Ex-governor John Lind after having freed himself from the duties of governor last Thursday walked down to the Dispatch office in St. Paul and administered to Editor Black a well-deserved licking. For a one armed man John Lind can make some telling blows once in a while."

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Marston Clough
14th Governor of Minnesota
1899 ‚Äď 1901
Succeeded by
Samuel Rinnah Van Sant
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Wakefield
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 2nd congressional district
1887 ‚Äď 1893
Succeeded by
James McCleary
Preceded by
Loren Fletcher
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 5th congressional district
1903 ‚Äď 1905
Succeeded by
Loren Fletcher

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