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Alexander Ramsey was born near Harrisburgh, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Sept 8, 1815. The Ramseys were of Scotch ancestry, and his mother, Elizabeth Kelker, was of German descent. While a youth he lived with his uncle, attending school, clerking in a store, and working as a carpenter until he was twenty-two years of age, during which time he had taken a partial collegiate course. He then commenced the study of law, and in 1839 was admitted to the bar at Harrisburgh. In 1840 he entered into the presidential campaign, enthusiastically canvassing the state for the Whig candidates, Harrison and Tyler. As a recognition of his services he was made secretary of the state electoral college, and the next winter elected chief clerk of the Legislature.In 1842, at the age of twenty-seven, he was nominated by the Whigs for Congress, and elected, but as the district had been illegally formed he did not take his seat. The following year, however, he was regularly elected to Congress, and again in 1844, declining the nomination in 1846. He was chairman of the Whig State Committee in 1848, and under his management the party carried the state for Taylor and Fillmore.Fortunately Mr. Ramsey's services in this campaign were rewarded by President Taylor in appointing him, in March following, the first governor of the newly formed Territory of Minnesota. He arrived at St. Paul May 27, 1849, accompanied by his wife, and on June 1st issued the proclamation announcing officially the organization of the territory. He read his first annual message to the Territorial Legislature, consisting of twenty-seven members, on September 3d, in the dining-room of the Central House, just completed. The old capital building was not ready for occupancy during his term of office.As ex-officio commissioner of Indian affairs for Minnesota he had the management of some 40,000 Indians, the territory extending to the Missouri River. In 1851 he made a treaty with the Sioux for the cession of over 20,000,000 acres of land.Governor Ramsey was elected mayor of St. Paul in 1855; in 1857 he was the candidate of the Republican party for governor, but was defeated by a small majority by H. H. Sibley; in 1859 he was elected governor, which office he filled until 1863, when he was elected United States Senator, where he served his state for twelve years; in 1879 he was appointed Secretary of War by President Hayes; in 1882 he was appointed chairman of a board of commissioners to execute the law for the extinguishments of polygamy in Utah; since 1886 he has devoted his time to his financial affairs, and at the present time, at the age of eighty-five, is daily seen on the streets of the city he has seen grow from a population of a few hundred to 165,000.Governor Ramsey was married in 1848 to Anna Earl Jenks, daughter of Hon. Michael H. Jenks of Pennsylvania. She died at St. Paul in 1884, since which time his only daughter, Mrs. Marion Furness, has presided over his household. Governor Ramsey is a member of the Old Settlers' Society and also of the Territorial Pioneers' Association, and is generally in attendance at their meetings.
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