October 30

Henry Sibley a delegate from the territories of Wisconsin and Minnesota was born in Detroit Michigan on February 20th 1811. He attended the Detroit Academy and also studied under private tutors and studies law. Then he moved to Mackinac and entered the service of the American Fur company justice of the peace in 1831. He moved to the mouth of the Minnesota River in 1834 and engaged in fur trading. He was elected as a delegate from the Territory of the Wisconsin to the Thirtieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the disqualification or John H. Tweety and served from October 30th 1848 to March 3rd 1849. Upon the formation or the Territory or Minnesota was elected as a. Delegate to the Thirty first and Thirty second Congresses and served from July7, 1849 to March 3, 1853 declined to be a candidate for re-nomination member or the Territory Legislature of Minnesota in 1855 member of the Constitutional Convention of Minnesota in 1857 and he served as president. Governor of Minnesota1857 to 1860.regent of the State university 1860 to 1869 and President of the Board of Regents 1876 to 1891. He served in the Union Army as a brigadier general of volunteers from 1862 until he was honorable mustered out on April 30th 1866. He then moved to Stipule Minnesota interesting in banking railroads and other public corporations. He became President of the St. Paul company in 1866 and president of the Minnesota Historical Society 1879 to 1891 He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the forty-seventh Congress. He died in St Paul, Minnesota on February 18th 1891 and had his interment in Oakland Cemetery.

Thanks to Mr. Gunderson’s 6th grade class at Virginia-Roosevelt Elementary School for the research on October’s Day in History.

Thanks also to Minnesota’s Learn and Serve America Service Learning Program for their help.

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