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North, John Wesley

Territorial House 1851 (District 5); Republican Constitutional Convention 1857 (District 6)

Party when first elected:  Not Available

Counties Served:  Dakota, Ramsey


Date of Birth: 2/??/1815 Date of Death: 2/2/1890 (uncertain)
Birth Place: Sand Lake, New York Birth County: Onondaga County Birth Country: United States
Other Names:
Gender:  Male Religion:  Not Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):  Saint Anthony Falls

Occupation (when first elected):  Attorney/Former Teacher/Former Clergy


Cazenovia Theological Seminary, New York; Postsecondary;
Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut; College Graduate;
Studied Law; Admitted to the New York Bar, 1845


JudgeCalifornia (United States Judge) ??/??/18?? to ??/??/18??
Board of RegentsUniversity of Minnesota (Treasurer, was not an Elected Regent)Appointed??/??/1851 to ??/??/1860
Territorial Republican Constitutional Convention6th Council District, Minnesota Territory 07/13/1857 to 08/29/1857
Territorial GovernmentNevada Territory (Surveyor General, Appointed by President Abraham Lincoln)Appointed06/22/1861 to 07/??/1862
School Board/AdministrationWashoe County, Nevada (Superintendent of Schools) 12/??/1861 to ??/??/18??
Territorial GovernmentNevada Territory, State Constitutional Convention (President) ??/??/1863 to ??/??/18??
JudgeNevada Territory Supreme CourtAppointed08/20/1863 to 08/22/1864


Spouse: Emma Bacon (died in 1847); Ann Hendrix Loomis (married in 1848)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:


Minnesota Place Names list his death date as February 2. Minnesota in Three Centuries lists February 22.

He was the principle founder of the city of Northfield and it is named for him. (Minnesota Place Names, 2001)

He started teaching school at the age of 15 and became a licensed lay preacher in 1833.

He moved to the Minnesota Territory in 1849.

He ran for reelection in the 1851 elections but was defeated.

He was one of the founders of the Republican Party in Minnesota in 1855.

In addition to his legislative career in Minnesota, he "was influential in founding the University of Minnesota and was treasurer of its board of regents, 1851-60. In 1861 he removed to Nevada, being appointed by President Abraham Lincoln surveyor general of that territory. He presided over the convention that formed the state constitution of Nevada in 1864 and was one of the judges of its supreme court. Later he organized the company that established the fruit-growing settlement of Riverside near Los Angeles, Calif., and was U.S. judge for that state." (Minnesota Place Names, 2001)

He died in Oleander, California and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Riverside, California.

Map of Saint Anthony Falls
Saint Anthony Falls, MN
Total Days Served: 88


2nd Territorial Legislative Session (1851)

  Session Details
Body: Territorial House Elected: 9/2/1850 Term of Office: 1/1/1851 to 3/29/1851 (unfinished term)
District: 05 Residence: Saint Anthony Falls
Counties Represented: Dakota, Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney/Former Teacher/Former Clergy
Party: Not Available
Election Districts
Engrossed Bills (Chair)
Judiciary (Chair)
Schools (Chair)
Reason for unfinished term: Resigned
Session Notes: He became Chair of the Judiciary Committee on January 29, 1851 when it was re-organized. He and six other members of the House resigned in protest over the 1851 apportionment bill. They argued the census count was incorrect. For more information on the resignations, see Minnesota in Three Centuries, Vol. 2, p. 456 and the links in the Other Information section below.

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