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Ford, John A.

Territorial House 1851 (District 1)

Party when first elected:  Democratic

Counties Served:  Wabasha, Washington

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: ??/??/1811
Birth Place: , New York
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: ??/??/1895
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Woodbury
Occupation (when first elected): Merchant, First One in Washington County

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GENERAL NOTES

His party affiliation was taken from The History of Minnesota: from the French Explorations to the Present Time, 1873. In there it states that on October 20, 1849 the first Minnesota Democratic Party convention was held. He was listed as one of the Vice-Presidents.

He came to what would become Chicago, Illinois in 1834, with his father. He moved to Red Rock, Washington County, Minnesota in 1841. Red Rock Township became Woodbury Township in 1858.

He and six other members of the House resigned in protest over the 1851 apportionment bill. They argued the census count was incorrect. For more information on the resignations, see Minnesota in Three Centuries, Vol. 2, p. 456 and the links in the Other Information section below.

Total Days Served: 88

SESSIONS SERVED

2nd Territorial Legislative Session (1851)

  Session Details
Body: Territorial House
District: 01
Elected: 9/2/1850
Residence: Woodbury
Term of Office: 1/1/1851 to 3/29/1851 (unfinished term)
Counties Represented: Wabasha, Washington
Occupation: Merchant, First One in Washington County
Party: Democratic Party Notes: His party affiliation was taken from The History of Minnesota: from the French Explorations to the Present Time, 1873. In there it states that on October 20, 1849 the first Minnesota Democratic Party convention was held. He was listed as one of the Vice-Presidents.
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Manufactures
  • Claims
  • Territorial Affairs
Reason for unfinished term: Resigned
Session Notes: He and six other members of the House resigned in protest over the 1851 apportionment bill. They argued the census count was incorrect. For more information on the resignations, see Minnesota in Three Centuries, Vol. 2, p. 456 and the links in the Other Information section below.