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William J. Colvill

Colvill statue in the Minnesota State Capitol

In office
1866 – 1868
Preceded by Gordon E. Cole
Succeeded by Francis R. E. Cornell

William J. Colvill (April 5, 1830 – June 12, 1905) was a Union colonel in the American Civil War who led the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry in the Battle of Gettysburg. He was Minnesota Attorney General from 1866 to 1868 and he also served in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Colvill Park in Red Wing, Minnesota is named for him and he is represented by a statue at the Minnesota State Capitol. In addition, a section of Minnesota State Highway 19 from Gaylord to Red Wing is named in his honor.[1] He is buried in Cannon Falls, Minnesota.


Legal offices
Preceded by
Gordon E. Cole
Minnesota Attorney General
1866 – 1868
Succeeded by
Francis R. E. Cornell


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