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Minnesota Territorial Pioneers - Biographical Sketches of Territorial Pioneers As listed in the Proceedings and Report of the Annual Meetings of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers - May 11, 1899 and 1900. With an account of the building and dedication of the log cabin, the names of the builders, the names of the officers and members of the association and biographical sketches of territorial pioneers. Volume II. Double Number. St. Paul, Minn. The Pioneer Press Company. 1901. These pages were scanned and may contain errors created during the transfer of the data.********************************Cyrus Aldrich was born in Smithfield, R. I., June 8th, 1808. His father, Dexter Aldrich, was a banker. His mother was a Miss White, descended from Thomas White, who came with the puritans from England in 163o. He worked on his father's farm until seventeen, when he took a sea voyage, and was wrecked on the of St. Thomas, W.I. In 1837 he came west, and the next year took a contract on the Illinois and Michigan canal, which terminated disastrously for him as well as for the state. In 1842 he became a member of the firm of Aldrich, Galbraith, Porter & Co., with headquarters in Galena, Ill., largely engaged in the stage business and mail contracts. In May, 1845, he was married to Clara Adelia Heaton of Indiana. The previous year he was elected to the state legislature. While a member of the legislature the old indebtedness of the state was settled; the good common sense and clear head for business and public measures of Mr. Aldrich had great influence in straightening the knotty question. He was proud of having a voice in the settlement of that dispute, as were his constituents. C. L. Wilson, in the Chicago Journal, said, "Every one of Mr. Aldrich's constituents should take him by the hand and say, 'Well done, thou good and faithful servant.' In 1847 he was elected registrar of deeds of Jo Davis county. In the spring of 1849, President Taylor appointed him receiver of public moneys in the United States land office at Dixon, ILL., where he moved and resided until sota in 1856. In 1854 he was elected chairman of the board of supervisors of Dixon and a member of the board of commissioners of Lee county. In 1852 he received the Whig nomination for congress in his district, having the well-known "Long John" Wentworth for an opponent. Although the district was hopelessly Democratic, he worked so zealously that he ran 1570 votes ahead of his party, and always said if he had had the sinews of war that "Long John" had, and not so heavy a load as General Scott to carry, he should have won the day.He settled in Minneapolis in 1856, where he lost none of his popularity. In the spring of 1857 he was nominated to the constitutional convention and elected by a larger majority than any other candidate. A few days after the conclusion of the convention he was nominated by the Republicans as one of the three congressmen, but his party was unsuccessful. He became so widely known, however, during the canvass that at the next election for congress in 1858 he was elected by over 4,000 majority, and was re-elected in 1860 by over 10,500 majority.When the First Minnesota Regiment of immortal fame was called into the field, he became its devoted friend. His unceasing generosity and labor shortened his life, impoverished his fortune and caused him to sacrifice some of his valuable property. President Lincoln, a warm personal friend, appointed him one of the three members of the Sioux Indemnity Commission in 1863. He was one of the incorporators of the Northern Pacific Railway, and did good service in its cause. In 1864 he was elected to the state legislature. He was appointed postmaster of Minneapolis in 1867, filling the position to the satisfaction of all.The kindly deeds which will keep him fresh in the minds of his friends are those which he performed in the aid of our soldiers in the War of the Rebellion. He died at his home in Minneapolis, Oct. 5, 1871, at the age of 63.
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