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Bristol, Warren Henry

House 1866 (District 9); Senate 1867-69 (District 9)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Goodhue

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 3/19/1823
Birth Place: Stafford, New York
Birth County: Genesee
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 1/12/1890
Gender: Male
Religion: Episcopalian
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Red Wing
Occupation (when first elected): Lawyer

EDUCATION

Yates Academy, New York; Secondary;
Lima Seminary, New York; Postsecondary;
Wilson Collegiate Institute, New York; Attended College;
Fowler's Law School, New York; Studied Law;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Judge: Goodhue County, Minnesota (Probate Judge); 18?? to 18?? [Elected]
County Attorney: Hennepin County, Minnesota; 18?? to 18?? [Elected]
County Attorney: Goodhue County, Minnesota (District Attorney); 18?? to 18?? [Elected]
Judge: New Mexico Territorial Supreme Court (Associate Justice, Appointed by Presidents Grant, Hayes, Garfield, and Arthur); 06/1872 to 1885 [Appointed]
Territorial Government: New Mexico Constitutional Convention (Grant County Delegate); 09/03/1889 to 09/21/1889 [Elected]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Louisa C. Armstrong (married on April 20, 1864)
Children: No children
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He came to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1850.

"He was also a recognized leader in political affairs, and in the summer of 1855 presided over the first Republican State convention held in Minnesota, when the party was formally organized." (New Mexico Office of the State Historian, 2011)

He was the Judge who presided over the New Mexico trial of the outlaw known as Billy the Kid. He sentenced him to death by hanging.

He died in Deming, New Mexico Territory. He was buried in Lockport Cemetery in Niagara County, New York.

He was a member of Christ Church in Red Wing, Minnesota.

Middle name provided by a researcher.

Religion provided by the New Mexico Office of the State Historian.

Total Days Served: 1463

SESSIONS SERVED

11th Legislative Session (1869)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 09
Elected: 11/5/1867
Residence: Red Wing
Term of Office: 1/7/1868 to 1/3/1870
Counties Represented: Goodhue
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Republican
Committees:
  • Federal Relations (Chair)
  • Joint Agricultural College Lands and College (Chair)
  • Railroads
  • Towns and Counties (Chair)

10th Legislative Session (1868)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 09
Elected: 11/5/1867
Residence: Red Wing
Term of Office: 1/7/1868 to 1/3/1870
Counties Represented: Goodhue
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Republican
Committees:
  • Elections (Chair)
  • Federal Relations (Chair)
  • Joint Agricultural College Lands and College
  • Towns and Counties (Chair)

9th Legislative Session (1867)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 09
Elected: 11/6/1866
Residence: Red Wing
Term of Office: 1/8/1867 to 1/6/1868
Counties Represented: Goodhue
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Republican
Committees:
  • Change of Names
  • Elections (Chair)
  • Federal Relations (Chair)
  • Judiciary
  • Towns and Counties

8th Legislative Session (1866)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 09
Elected: 11/7/1865
Residence: Red Wing
Term of Office: 1/2/1866 to 1/7/1867
Counties Represented: Goodhue
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Republican Party Notes: "He was also a recognized leader in political affairs, and in the summer of 1855 presided over the first Republican State convention held in Minnesota, when the party was formally organized." (New Mexico Office of the State Historian, 2011)
Committees:
  • Federal Relations (Chair)
  • Joint Navigation and Commerce Special (Chair)
  • Joint Revision of the Statutes Special (Chair)
  • Joint University and University Lands Special
  • Judiciary
Photographs
Bristol Cemetery Monument, Lockport Cemetery in Niagara County, New York. Photo Taken by Doug Farley, Niagara County Historical Society; Provided by Mark Thompson.
Warren Bristol Tombstone, 1823-1890; Lockport Cemetery in Niagara County, New York. Photo Taken by Doug Farley, Niagara County Historical Society; Provided by Mark Thompson.
Warren Henry Bristol Photo. Photo Courtesy of Mark Thompson.

Articles & Books About
Thompson, Mark. "Judge Warren Henry Bristol: a Man of His Time and Place?" January 3, 2012. - Essay written by Mark Thompson, who practed law in New Mexico for 30 years.

Bristol, Warren. New Mexico Office of the State Historian.