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Buck, Daniel

House 1866 (District 17); Senate 1879-82 (District 14)

Party when first elected:  Democratic

Counties Served:  Blue Earth, Le Sueur

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 9/28/1829
Birth Place: Booneville, New York
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 5/21/1905
Gender: Male
Religion: Quaker
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Mankato
Occupation (when first elected): Lawyer

EDUCATION

New York Common Schools; Elementary School;
Rome Academy, New York; Secondary;
Lowville Academy, New York ; Secondary;
New York Law School; Studied Law; Admitted to the New York Bar

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

County Attorney: Blue Earth County, Minnesota (4 years); 18?? to 18??
State Board/Commission/Council: Minnesota State Normal School Board; 18?? to 18??
School Board/Administration: Mankato, Minnesota (School Board Member, 5 years); 18?? to 18??
Judge: Minnesota Supreme Court (Associate Justice, He Was Elected in the 1892 Election for a Term That Started in January 1894; Then a Judge Resigned and He Was Appointed to Take His Place Before His Elected Term Started); 10/02/1893 to 11/14/1899 [Appointed]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Louisa Ann Wood (married on October 25, 1858)
Children: Three children: Charles Delos (he died in 1882, while his dad was still in office), and Alfred A. (sons); Laura M. (daughter)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He was of English ancestry.

He was one of the members elected in the 1858 election to serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives in the 1858-1859 session. That session was never called. A note in the Legislative Manual for the State of Minnesota 1881 (p. 180) states that due to the protracted session of 1857-58 the winter of 1858-59 meeting of the legislature was unnecessary.

Progressive Men of Minnesota lists his birth date as September 8.

He came to Minnesota on May 15, 1857 and settled in South Bend. His obituary says he moved to Mankato, Minnesota in 1868. The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1866 lists his post office as Mankato at that time.

"He was a Democrat in politics." ("Judge Buck is Dead: Former Justice of Minnesota Supreme Court." Minneapolis Tribune, May 22, 1905. p. 1.) "He has always been a Democrat..." (Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897, p. 445)

He "helped to get the second state normal school located in Mankato, and because of that was often called the 'father of the normal' and prided himself on that title." ("Judge Buck is Dead: Former Justice of Minnesota Supreme Court." Minneapolis Tribune, May 22, 1905. p. 1.)

He ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic party candidate for Minnesota Secretary of State in 1859.

He ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic party candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota in the 1888 election.

He resigned from the court, just shy of the end of his term, due to his wife's illness.

He died, of heart failure after suffering from nervous prostration, in Mankato, Minnesota.

"He is not a church member, but sympathizes with the Quakers, his mother having been a member of that society." (Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897, p. 445)

Total Days Served: 1827

SESSIONS SERVED

22nd Legislative Session (1881-1882)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 14
Elected: 11/5/1878
Residence: Mankato
Term of Office: 1/7/1879 to 1/1/1883
Counties Represented: Blue Earth
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Democratic Party Notes: "He was a Democrat in politics." ("Judge Buck is Dead: Former Justice of Minnesota Supreme Court." Minneapolis Tribune, May 22, 1905. p. 1.) "He has always been a Democrat..." (Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897, p. 445)
Committees:
  • Deaf, Dumb and Blind
  • Education
  • Elections
  • Joint Taxes and Tax Laws
  • Judiciary

21st Legislative Session (1879-1880)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 14
Elected: 11/5/1878
Residence: Mankato
Term of Office: 1/7/1879 to 1/1/1883
Counties Represented: Blue Earth
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Democratic Party Notes: "He was a Democrat in politics." ("Judge Buck is Dead: Former Justice of Minnesota Supreme Court." Minneapolis Tribune, May 22, 1905. p. 1.) "He has always been a Democrat..." (Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897, p. 445)
Committees:
  • Education
  • Judiciary
  • Roads and Bridges
  • State Prison Investigation Special

8th Legislative Session (1866)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 17
Elected: 11/7/1865
Residence: Mankato
Term of Office: 1/2/1866 to 1/7/1867
Counties Represented: Blue Earth, Le Sueur
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Democratic Party Notes: "He was a Democrat in politics." ("Judge Buck is Dead: Former Justice of Minnesota Supreme Court." Minneapolis Tribune, May 22, 1905. p. 1.) "He has always been a Democrat..." (Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897, p. 445)
Committees:
  • Education
  • Insurance
  • Joint Revision of the Statutes Special
  • Judiciary
  • Railroads
Articles & Books By
Buck, Daniel. "Indian Outbreaks." Minnesota: Mankato, 1904.


Articles & Books About
Minnesota Supreme Court. "Daniel Buck." Biographical Sketches of Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court and Judges of the Minnesota Court of Appeals from Territorial Days to 1990, St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Company, 1990, p. 19.

"Judge Buck is Dead: Former Justice of Minnesota Supreme Court." Minneapolis Tribune, May 22, 1905. p. 1.

Shutter, Marion Daniel. "Daniel Buck." Progressive Men of Minnesota, Minneapolis: The Minneapolis Journal, 1897, p. 444-445.