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Forbes, William Henry

Territorial Council 1849-51 (District 3); Territorial Council 1852-53 (District 2)

Party when first elected:  Not Available

Counties Served:  Ramsey

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: ??/??/1815
Birth Place: Montreal
Birth County:
Birth Country: Canada
Date of Death: 7/20/1875
Gender: Male
Religion: Catholic
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Saint Paul
Occupation (when first elected): American Fur Company, St. Paul Outfit

EDUCATION

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Postmaster: St. Paul, Minnesota; 03/15/1853 to 03/10/1856
Military: United States Army (Sioux Outbreak of 1862, Quartermaster, Commissary, Brevet Major); 1862 to 1866
County Auditor: Ramsey County, Minnesota; 1863 to 1865
U.S. Executive Branch: Devil's Lake Agency, Minnesota (Indian Agent); 1871 to 07/20/1875 [Appointed]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Agnes Faribault (married in 1846, she died in 1853, she was half Sioux Indian and the daughter of Alexander Faribault.)
Children:
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Alexander Faribault  - Father-in-Law

GENERAL NOTES

He came to Minnesota in 1837. He moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1847.

He died at the Devil's Lake Agency and was buried in Calvary Cemetery in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Religion provided by Minnesota in Three Centuries.

Total Days Served: 1584

SESSIONS SERVED

4th Territorial Legislative Session (1853)

  Session Details
Body: Territorial Council
District: 02
Elected: 10/14/1851
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/7/1852 to 1/3/1854
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: American Fur Company, St. Paul Outfit/Indian Trader
Party: People's Party Notes: He is listed on the People's Ticket in the 1851 election. (A History of the City of St. Paul to 1875, 1983 edition, by J. Fletcher Williams, p. 317)
Committees:
  • Enrolled Bills
  • Legislative Expenditures (Chair)
  • Printing
  • Public Buildings
  • Schools
  • Territorial Affairs
  • Territorial Roads (Chair)

3rd Territorial Legislative Session (1852)

  Session Details
Body: Territorial Council
District: 02
Elected: 10/14/1851
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/7/1852 to 1/3/1854
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: American Fur Company, St. Paul Outfit/Indian Trader
Party: People's Party Notes: He is listed on the People's Ticket in the 1851 election. (A History of the City of St. Paul to 1875, 1983 edition, by J. Fletcher Williams, p. 317)
Committees:
Leadership Position: President of the Territorial Council

2nd Territorial Legislative Session (1851)

  Session Details
Body: Territorial Council
District: 03
Elected: 8/1/1849
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 9/3/1849 to 1/6/1852
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: American Fur Company, St. Paul Outfit
Party: Not Available
Committees:
  • Internal Improvements (Chair)
  • Public Buildings
  • Territorial Roads (Chair)

1st Territorial Legislative Session (1849)

  Session Details
Body: Territorial Council
District: 03
Elected: 8/1/1849
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 9/3/1849 to 1/6/1852
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: American Fur Company, St. Paul Outfit
Party: Not Available
Committees:
  • Incorporations
  • Militia (Chair)
  • Territorial Affairs
  • Territorial Expenditures (Chair)
No other information has been entered for this legislator.