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Sibley, Henry Hastings "H.H."



Map of Mendota
Mendota, MN

Territorial House 1855 (District 6); Democratic Constitutional Convention 1857 (District 6); House 1871 (District 1)

Party when first elected:  Democratic

Counties Served:  Dakota, Ramsey

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 2/20/1811 Date of Death: 2/18/1891
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan Birth County:  Birth Country: United States
Other Names: H.H.
Gender:  Male Religion:  Episcopalian
City of Residence (when first elected):  Mendota

Occupation (when first elected):  Fur Trader, American Fur Company

EDUCATION

Private Tutors; At Least Elementary School; Classics Studies, 2 Years
Detroit Academy, Michigan; At Least Elementary School;
Studied Law;
Princeton College, New Jersey; LL.D.; 1888

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

JudgeMackinac County, Michigan (Justice of the Peace) ??/??/1831 to ??/??/18??
U.S. RepresentativeTerritorial Delegate to Congress, Wisconsin Territory 10/30/1848 to 03/03/1849
State Board/Commission/CouncilMinnesota Historical Society (Charter Member and President, 1879) ??/??/1849 to ??/??/1891
U.S. RepresentativeTerritorial Delegate to Congress, Minnesota Territory 07/07/1849 to 03/03/1853
Board of RegentsUniversity of Minnesota (Regent, One of the First Ones) ??/??/1851 to ??/??/185?
Territorial Democratic Constitutional Convention6th Council District, Minnesota Territory (President)Elected07/13/1857 to 08/29/1857
State GovernorMinnesotaElected05/24/1858 to 01/02/1860
Board of RegentsUniversity of Minnesota (Regent) ??/??/1860 to ??/??/1869
MilitaryMinnesota Military Forces (Dakota Wars of 1862, Minnesota's Military Commander) ??/??/1862 to ??/??/18??
MilitaryUnion Army (United States Civil War, Defense of the Fronttier Against Indian Tribes, Colonel, Brigadier General of Volunteers, Brevetted Major General) 09/??/1862 to 08/??/1866
U.S. Executive BranchMixed Civil and Military Commission to Negotiate Treaties with the Hostile Sioux Indians (Fort Sully) 08/??/1866 to ??/??/186?
School Board/AdministrationSt. Paul, Minnesota (Board of Education) ??/??/1868 to ??/??/1870
Board of RegentsUniversity of Minnesota (President of the Board of Regents) ??/??/1876 to ??/??/1891
U.S. Executive BranchCommission to Settle Damage Claims of the Ojibway Indians Due to Reservoir Construction (President)Appointed??/??/1883 to ??/??/18??

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Sarah Jane Steele (married on May 3, 1843; she died on May 21, 1869))
Children: Nine children: Augusta, and Sarah Jane (daughters); Charles Frederick, and Alfred Brush (sons)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He was of English ancestry.

He came to Minnesota in 1834.

"In the Lower House, St. Paul, had elected her veteran Democratic citizen, General Henry H. Sibley." (Thirteenth State Legislature. Minnesota in Three Centuries, 1908, p. 42)

He ran unsuccessfully for the United States Congress in 1881.

He died in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota and was buried in Oakland Cemetery.

He attended St. Paul's Episcopal Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Religion provided by Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897.

Sibley County, Minnesota was named after him.

Total Days Served: 728

SESSIONS SERVED

Legislative Session: 13th (1871)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/8/1870 Term of Office: 1/3/1871 to 1/1/1872
District: 01 Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Banker
Party: Democratic Party Notes: "In the Lower House, St. Paul, had elected her veteran Democratic citizen, General Henry H. Sibley." (Thirteenth State Legislature. Minnesota in Three Centuries, 1908, p. 42)
Committees:
Charitable Institutions
Joint Apportionment
Public Lands
Railroads

Legislative Session: 6th Territorial (1855)   Session Details
Body: Territorial House Elected: 10/10/1854 Term of Office: 1/3/1855 to 1/1/1856
District: 06 Residence: Mendota
Counties Represented: Dakota
Occupation: Fur Trader, American Fur Company
Party: Democratic Party Notes: "In the Lower House, St. Paul, had elected her veteran Democratic citizen, General Henry H. Sibley." (Thirteenth State Legislature. Minnesota in Three Centuries, 1908, p. 42)
Committees:
Judiciary (Chair)
Territorial Expenditures
Territorial Roads

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