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Wakefield, James Beach "J.B."


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Map of Blue Earth
Blue Earth, MN

House 1857-58 (District 14); House 1863 (District 20); House 1866 (District 20); Senate 1867-69 (District 20)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Freeborn, Jackson, Martin, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Rock, Watonwan

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 3/21/1825 (uncertain) Date of Death: 8/25/1910
Birth Place: Winsted, Connecticut Birth County:  Birth Country: United States
Other Names: J.B.
Gender:  Male Religion:  Not Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):  Blue Earth

Occupation (when first elected):  Lawyer

EDUCATION

Westfield Public Schools, Massachusetts; At Least Elementary School;
Jonesville Public Schools, New York; At Least Elementary School;
Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut; College Graduate; 1846
Studied Law; Painesville, Lake County, Ohio; Admitted to the Bar, 1852

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

State Board/Commission/CouncilMinnesota State Board of Corrections and Charities ??/??/1??? to ??/??/1???
JudgeProbate Court, Faribault County, Minnesota (He was the First Judge of the Faribault County Probate Court) ??/??/1??? to ??/??/1???
U.S. Executive BranchUnited States Land Office, Winnebago City, Minnesota (Receiver)Appointed06/01/1869 to 01/15/1875
State Lieutenant GovernorMinnesota 01/07/1876 to 01/10/1880
U.S. Representative2nd Congressional District, MinnesotaElected03/04/1883 to 03/03/1887

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Single (when first elected); Nannette Reinhart (married in 1864)
Children:
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

Toensing and the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress list his birth year as 1825. The Minnesota Historical Society's Governors of Minnesota lists his birth year as 1828.

The Minnesota Historical Society's Governors of Minnesota lists him as a Republican.

He was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Republican.

He moved to Shakopee, Minnesota in 1854.

He died at Blue Earth, Faribault County, Minnesota and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Painesville, Ohio.

Total Days Served: 2926

SESSIONS SERVED

Legislative Session: 11th (1869)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/3/1868 Term of Office: 1/5/1869 to 1/2/1871
District: 20 Residence: Blue Earth City
Counties Represented: Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Martin, Murray, Pipestone, Rock
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Republican
Committees:
Joint Agricultural College Lands and College
Railroads (Chair)
State Prison

Legislative Session: 10th (1868)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/6/1866 Term of Office: 1/8/1867 to 1/4/1869
District: 20 Residence: Blue Earth City
Counties Represented: Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Martin, Murray, Pipestone, Rock
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Republican
Committees:
Change of Names
Railroads and Railroad Land Grants (Chair)
State Prison

Legislative Session: 9th (1867)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/6/1866 Term of Office: 1/8/1867 to 1/4/1869
District: 20 Residence: Blue Earth City
Counties Represented: Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Martin, Murray, Pipestone, Rock
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Republican
Committees:
Banks (Chair)
Federal Relations
Joint State Railroad Bonds Special
Joint University and University Lands Special
Judiciary
Railroads
State Prison

Legislative Session: 8th (1866)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/7/1865 Term of Office: 1/2/1866 to 1/7/1867
District: 20 Residence: Blue Earth City
Counties Represented: Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Martin, Nobles, Pipestone, Rock, Watonwan
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Republican Party Notes: The Minnesota Historical Society's Governors of Minnesota lists him as a Republican.
Committees:
Leadership Position: Speaker of the House

Legislative Session: 5th (1863)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/4/1862 Term of Office: 1/6/1863 to 1/4/1864
District: 20 Residence: Blue Earth
Counties Represented: Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Martin, Nobles, Pipestone, Rock, Watonwan
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Not Available
Committees:
Education (Chair)
Indian Affairs
Military Affairs

Legislative Session: 1st (1857-1858)   Session Details term photo
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Body: House Elected: 10/13/1857 Term of Office: 12/2/1857 to 12/6/1859
District: 14 Residence: Blue Earth
Counties Represented: Faribault, Freeborn
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Republican Party Notes: The Minnesota Historical Society's Governors of Minnesota lists him as a Republican.
Committees:
Judiciary
Session Notes: He was sworn in on December 3, 1857. An 1858-59 session was not held due to the protracted session of 1857-58. (Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1872, p. 66) Thus, even though the first session was adjourned on August 12, 1858; the term end date for it is listed as the day before the second legislative session's start date.

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