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Ames, Albert Alonzo "Doc, A.A."

House 1867 (District 5)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Hennepin

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 1/18/1842
Birth Place: Garden Prairie, Illinois
Birth County: Boone
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 11/16/1911
Gender: Male
Religion: No Religious Affiliation
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Doc, A.A.
City of Residence (when first elected): Minneapolis
Occupation (when first elected): Surgeon

EDUCATION

Minneapolis Public Schools; Elementary School; started at 10 years old
Minneapolis Public Schools; Secondary; Graduate (at 16 years old), 1857
Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois; M.D.; Graduate, February 5, 1862

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Municipal Government: Minneapolis, Minnesota (Volunteer Fire Department); 18?? to 1???
Military: Union Army, Company B, 9th Minnesota Regiment, and 7th Minnesota Regiment (United States Indian War and Civil War, Orderly Sergeant, Assistant Surgeon, Surgeon Major); 08/02/1862 to 08/16/1865
Municipal Council/Aldermen: Minneapolis, Minnesota (9th Ward, City Alderman); 1875 to 1876
Municipal Mayor: Minneapolis, Minnesota; 04/11/1876 to 04/10/1877 [Elected]
Municipal Government: Minneapolis, Minnesota (City Health Officer); 1878 to 18??
Municipal Mayor: Minneapolis, Minnesota; 04/11/1882 to 04/08/1884 [Elected]
Municipal Mayor: Minneapolis, Minnesota; 04/13/1886 to 01/07/1889 [Elected]
Municipal Mayor: Minneapolis, Minnesota (He Resigned from Office); 01/07/1901 to 09/06/1902 [Elected]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Sarah Straut (married on April 21, 1862; separated around 1889; she died in 1900); Remarried (shortly after his first wife's death)
Children: Five children: John W., Charles C., Frank E., (sons, with first wife); Effie (daughter, with first wife); Maurine (daughter, with second wife)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Alfred Elisha Ames  - Father

GENERAL NOTES

He came to Minnesota in 1852. (Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1867, and Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897)

"In 1851 he moved with his father, Alfred Elisha, and his mother, Martha A. Ames, to Fort Snelling, Minnesota - now a part of the city of Minneapolis." (City Bosses in the United States, Duke University Press, 1930)

"His popularity with the soldiers was such that in 1867 he received election to the state legislature on a soldiers' ticket." (City Bosses in the United States, Duke University Press, 1930)

"This chanced to be his one and only state office, although he ran for the office of governor on two occassions, for lieutenant governor in 1877, and later for a seat in the House of Representatives of the United States. At one time he received consideration by the Democrats as a possible nominee for vice-president of the United States." (City Bosses in the United States, Duke University Press, 1930)

"Perceiving in 1900 that there was slight hope for a mayoralty nomination in Democratic ranks he changed his political skin again. The year 1900 happened to be the first in which the primary election law, which allowed members of any party to vote for candidates of another party, operated. In as much as there was no special contest among the Republicans, Dr. Ames instructed his followers to insert his name in the Republican column. By this bit of strategy he gained nomination by a narrow margin." (City Bosses in the United States, Duke University Press, 1930)

"In 1868, went to California, and engaged in the newspaper business until 1874, when he returned to Minneapolis, where he has since remained." (History of Hennepin County and The City of Minneapolis, North Star Publishing, 1881)

He was a Master, High Priest, and Commander in the Masons. He was also a Knight of Pythias, Grand Chancellor, and Chancellor Commander.

"Although the elder doctor had been active in the Episcopal Church, his son had no love for religion." (City Bosses in the United States, Duke University Press, 1930, p. 343)

Religion provided by City Bosses in the United States, Duke University Press, 1930, p. 343.

Total Days Served: 364

SESSIONS SERVED

9th Legislative Session (1867)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 05
Elected: 11/6/1866
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/8/1867 to 1/6/1868
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Surgeon
Party: Republican Party Notes: "His popularity with the soldiers was such that in 1867 he received election to the state legislature on a soldiers' ticket." (City Bosses in the United States, Duke University Press, 1930)
Committees:
  • Engrossment (Chair)
  • Incorporations
  • State Prison
Articles & Books About
Rivenes, Erik. Dirty Doc Ames and the Scandal that Shook Minneapolis. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2018.

Perlman, Tabitha. "Ames, Albert Alonzo 'Doc' (1842-1911)." MNopedia, 2016.

Zink, Harold, "'The Genial Doctor' Albert A. Ames." City Bosses in the United States, Duke University Press, 1930, p. 334-349.

Steffens, Lincoln. "The Shame of Minneapolis: The Rescue and Redemption of a City that was Sold Out." McClure's Magazine, January 1903, p. 227-239.

Shutter, Marion Daniel. "Albert Alonzo Ames." Progressive Men of Minnesota, Minneapolis: The Minneapolis Journal, 1897, p. 64-65.