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Day, Frank Arah "F.A."



Map of Fairmont
Fairmont, MN

House 1878 (District 38); Senate 1887-95 (District 6); Senate 1897 (District 6); Senate 1927-28 (District 9)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Jackson, Martin, Watonwan

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 9/30/1855 (uncertain) Date of Death: 12/27/1928
Birth Place: Attica, Wisconsin Birth County: Green Birth Country: United States
Other Names: F.A.
Gender:  Male Religion:  Not Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):  Fairmont

Occupation (when first elected):  Editor and Founder, Martin County Sentinel Newspaper

EDUCATION

Wisconsin District Schools; Elementary School;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

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State Lieutenant GovernorMinnesota (Elected by the Minnesota Senate)Elected01/25/1895 to 01/05/1897
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State Board/Commission/CouncilMinnesota State Board of Visitors (Appointed by Governor J.A.O. Preus)Appointed??/??/1923 to ??/??/192?

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Single (when first elected); Lucia Howland; Helen Mills
Children: Four children: (2 sons, 2 daughters)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

Toensing, the Minnesota Journal of the Senate, March 12, 1929; and the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1889 list his birth year as 1853. The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1895; Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897; and the Minnesota Historical Society's Governors of Minnesota list 1855. He's listed as being 25 years old in the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1878.

He was born on a farm. He moved to Webster City, Iowa when he was 14 years old. He came to Fairmont, Minnesota in 1874.

He was listed as a Republican on the list of members posted after the 1877 election. ("The Next Legislature." St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 10, 1877)

He "has been a prominent figure in all the impoortant Republican gatherings in the state for a dozen years or more. In the campaign of 1896, however, Mr. Day, with Hon. John Lind, Hon. John Day Smith, Congressman C.A. Towne, State Senators D.F. Morgan, and S.B. Howard, and other men formerly prominent in the Republican party of the state, organized the free silver Republican party of Minnesota..." (Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897, p. 505)

He ran unsuccessfully as the Free Silver Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2nd Minnesota Congressional District in 1896. Without effort on his part, he was also endorsed by the Democratic, and Populist parties. (Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897, p. 505)

He was listed as "politically a free lance." (The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1927)

His funeral was held in Fairmont, Minnesota.

Legislative Session: 45th (1927-1928)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/2/1926 Term of Office: 1/4/1927 to 12/27/1928 (unfinished term)
District: 09 Residence: Fairmont
Counties Represented: Martin, Watonwan
Occupation: Editor, Publisher, and Founder; Fairmont Sentinel Newspaper
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Independent Party Notes: "Politically a free lance." (Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1927, p. 474)
Committees:
Agriculture (Chair)
Dairy Products and Live Stock
Education
Game and Fish
Judiciary
Public Highways
State Parks, Memorials and Monuments
Reason for unfinished term: Death
Session Notes: He died while in office.

Legislative Session: 30th (1897-1898) (second half of Senate term)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/6/1894 Term of Office: 1/8/1895 to 1/23/1897 (unfinished term)
District: 06 Residence: Fairmont
Counties Represented: Martin, Watonwan
Occupation: Publisher, Martin County Sentinel
Party: Republican
Committees:
Reason for unfinished term: Appointed to other office
Session Notes: A special election was held on November 3, 1896 for this Minnesota Senate seat which was considered vacant when Frank Arah Day was elected by the Minnesota Senate to assume the duties of the Lieutenant Governor on January 25, 1895. The seat was won by Howard H. Dunn. When the Legislature reconvened on January 5, 1897 Sen. Day and Sen. Dunn both claimed the seat. Sen. Day is listed in the Journal of the Senate as holding the seat until a determination was made on January 23, 1897 that Sen. Dunn had been duly elected and was entitled to the seat.

Legislative Session: 29th (1895-1896)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/6/1894 Term of Office: 1/8/1895 to 1/23/1897 (unfinished term)
District: 06 Residence: Fairmont
Counties Represented: Martin, Watonwan
Occupation: Publisher, The Martin County Sentinel
Party: Republican
Committees:
Judiciary
Rules (Chair)
Leadership Position: President Pro Tempore
Leadership Notes: He was elected by the Minnesota Senate to become Minnesota Lieutenant Governor in January 1895.
Reason for unfinished term: Elected to other office
Session Notes: He was elected by the Minnesota Senate to become Minnesota Lieutenant Governor in January 1895.

Legislative Session: 28th (1893-1894) (second half of Senate term)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/4/1890 Term of Office: 1/6/1891 to 1/7/1895
District: 06 Residence: Fairmont
Counties Represented: Martin, Watonwan
Occupation: Editor, Publisher, and Founder; Martin County Sentinel Newspaper
Party: Republican
Committees:
Judiciary
Normal Schools
Printing
Reapportionment
State Prison
State Public School (Chair)

Legislative Session: 27th (1891-1892)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/4/1890 Term of Office: 1/6/1891 to 1/7/1895
District: 06 Residence: Fairmont
Counties Represented: Martin, Watonwan
Occupation: Editor, Publisher, and Founder; Martin County Sentinel Newspaper
Party: Republican
Committees:
Local Legislation (Chair)
Printing
Public Lands
Railroads

Legislative Session: 26th (1889-1890) (second half of Senate term)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/2/1886 Term of Office: 1/4/1887 to 1/5/1891
District: 06 Residence: Fairmont
Counties Represented: Jackson, Martin
Occupation: Editor, Publisher, and Founder; Martin County Sentinel Newspaper
Party: Republican
Committees:
Education
Judiciary
Printing
Reapportionment Special
Roads and Bridges (Chair)

Legislative Session: 25th (1887-1888)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/2/1886 Term of Office: 1/4/1887 to 1/5/1891
District: 06 Residence: Fairmont
Counties Represented: Jackson, Martin
Occupation: Editor and Founder, Martin County Sentinel Newspaper
Party: Republican
Committees:
Education
Judiciary
Printing
Roads and Bridges (Chair)

Legislative Session: 20th (1878)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/6/1877 Term of Office: 1/8/1878 to 1/6/1879
District: 38 Residence: Fairmont
Counties Represented: Martin
Occupation: Editor and Founder, Martin County Sentinel Newspaper
Party: Republican Party Notes: He was listed as a Republican on the list of members posted after the 1877 election. ("The Next Legislature." St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 10, 1877)
Committees:
Joint Printing (Chair)
Printing (Chair)
Ways and Means

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