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Territory of Minnesota
Organized incorporated territory of the United States

1849 – 1858
 

Location of Minnesota Territory
Capital St. Paul
Government Organized incorporated territory
Governor
 - 1849-1853 Alexander Ramsey
 - 1853-1857 Willis A. Gorman
 - 1857-1858 Samuel Medary
History
 - Split from Iowa Territory March 3 1849
 - Statehood May 11 1858
Nine original Minnesota Territory Counties (1849-1851) superimposed over Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota of today

The Territory of Minnesota was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from March 3, 1849, until May 11, 1858, when the eastern portion of the territory was admitted to the Union as the State of Minnesota.

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History

The boundaries of the Minnesota Territory, as carved out of Iowa Territory, included the current Minnesota region and most of what later became Dakota Territory east of the Missouri River. Minnesota Territory also included portions of Wisconsin Territory that did not become part of Wisconsin, located between the Mississippi River and Wisconsin, including the Arrowhead Region.[1]

At the time of its formation, the territory contained three cities: St. Paul, St. Anthony (now part of Minneapolis), and Stillwater. The major territorial institutions were divided among the three: St. Paul was made the capital; Minneapolis was selected as the site of the University of Minnesota; and Stillwater was chosen as the site of the Minnesota Territorial Prison.[2]

Territorial Governors

# Governor Took office Left office Party
1 Alexander Ramsey Alexander Ramsey, 2nd Governor of Minnesota.jpg June 1, 1849 May 15, 1853 Whig
2 Willis Arnold Gorman WillisGorman.jpg May 15, 1853 April 23, 1857 Democratic
3 Samuel Medary SamuelMedary.jpg April 23, 1857 May 24, 1858 Democratic

Congressional Delegates

See also

Minnesota Territory Centennial U.S. postage stamp

References

  1. ^ See The Student Page of the Minnesota Secretary of State for an overview of how Minnesota's state boundaries were determined.
  2. ^ Minnesota History at the Minnesota State University, Mankato website, retrieved 4 July 2007.

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Simple English

The Territory of Minnesota was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from March 3, 1849, until May 11, 1858, when the eastern portion of the territory was admitted to the Union as the State of Minnesota.

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Territorial Governors

# Governor Took office Left office Party
1 Alexander Ramsey June 1, 1849 May 15, 1853 Whig
2 Willis Arnold Gorman May 15, 1853 April 23, 1857 Democratic
3 Samuel Medary April 23, 1857 May 24, 1858 Democratic

Territorial Secretaries

  • Charles K. Smith, 1849–1851
  • Alexander Wilkin, 1851–1853
  • Joseph Rosser. 1853-1857
  • Charles L. Chase 1857-1858

Congressional Delegates

  • Henry Hastings Sibley, 31st Congress, 32nd Congress, 1849–1853
  • Henry Mower Rice, 33rd Congress, 34th Congress, 1853–1857
  • William W. Kingsbury, 35th Congress, 1857–1858

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