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 John Sargent Pillsbury

John Sargent Pillsbury

Birth
Sutton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 18 Oct 1901 (aged 74)
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Section 2, Lot 322, Grave 4
Memorial ID 5496 · View Source
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Politician, Businessman. He left New Hampshire as a young man, eventually settling in St. Anthony, Minnesota (now Minneapolis) where he initially opened a hardware store in 1855. He was also involved in real estate, railroad construction and the lumber trade. Became a Regent of Minnesota’s newly established land grant college in 1863, which later became the University of Minnesota. He became known as “The Father of the University of Minnesota” after helping the school recover from serious debt problems early on. Pillsbury Hall at the University of Minnesota is named in his honor. He served in the Minnesota Senate before becoming the state's eighth Governor, a position he held for three terms from 1876 to 1882. Along with his nephew, he purchased a broken-down flour mill on the Mississippi River in 1869 and started the C.A. Pillsbury Flour Company, which today is owned by General Mills. He was a noted philanthropist who often donated funds anonymously.

Bio by: Steve Kiner


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  • Added: 20 May 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5496
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Sargent Pillsbury (29 Jul 1827–18 Oct 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5496, citing Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .