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Hall, William Sprigg "Wm."

Senate 1857-60 (District 2)

Party when first elected:  Democratic

Counties Served:  Ramsey

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 7/9/1832
Birth Place: , Maryland
Birth County: Anne Arundel
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 2/25/1875
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Wm.
City of Residence (when first elected): Saint Paul
Occupation (when first elected): Lawyer

EDUCATION

St. John's College, Maryland; Attended College;
Studied Law; Admitted to Practice, 1854

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

School Board/Administration: Minnesota (Superintendent of the Common Schools of Minnesota); 1856 to 1858 [Appointed]
Judge: Minnesota Court of Common Pleas (Common Pleas Judge); 1866 to 02/25/1875 [Elected]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Elizabeth Seliman Welsh
Children:
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in October, 1854.

He was listed as a Democratic party candidate in the 1857 election. (A History of the City of St. Paul to 1875, 1983 edition, by J. Fletcher Williams, p. 382)

His party affiliation when first elected was provided by Minnesota in Three Centuries and this partial quote, "Early in the session Mr. William Sprigg Hall, a prominent Democratic lawyer of St. Paul..." (Sanborn, Gen. John B. "The Work of the Second Legislature, 1859-60." Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul: the Society, 1905, Vol. 10, Part 2, p. 624)

He was the first Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. (Minn. Reports 20, xi)

He platted 160 acres of land on Saint Paul's East Side and is responsible for the "floral" street names in Saint Paul's East Side and North End neighborhoods. Hall st. is named after him, Arundel St., Kent St., and Maryland Ave. are named for his birthplace, and the floral streets were named after a play on his middle name, "being imagined as 'sprigs' of flowering plants." (Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society 17, p. 624-625)

He took a trip to Europe and died in a railroad car on his way home to Minnesota from the East.

Total Days Served: 1133

SESSIONS SERVED

2nd Legislative Session (1859-1860)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 02
Elected: 10/11/1859
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 12/7/1859 to 1/7/1861
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Democratic Party Notes: His party affiliation was provided by this partial quote, "Early in the session Mr. William Sprigg Hall, a prominent Democratic lawyer of St. Paul..." (Sanborn, Gen. John B. "The Work of the Second Legislature, 1859-60." Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul: the Society, 1905, Vol. 10, Part 2, p. 624)
Committees:
  • Federal Relations
  • University and University Lands

1st Legislative Session (1857-1858)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 02
Elected: 10/13/1857
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 12/2/1857 to 12/6/1859
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Democratic Party Notes: His party affiliation was provided by Minnesota in Three Centuries. He was listed as a Democratic party candidate in the 1857 election. (A History of the City of St. Paul to 1875, 1983 edition, by J. Fletcher Williams, p. 382)
Committees:
  • Credentials
  • Education and Sciences (Chair)
  • Incorporations
  • State Affairs
Session Notes: He was sworn in on December 7, 1857 and subscribed to the oath of office on December 8, 1857. An 1858-59 session was not held due to the protracted session of 1857-58. (Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1872, p. 66) Thus, even though the first session was adjourned on August 12, 1858; the term end date for it is listed as the day before the second legislative session's start date.
Photographs
William Sprigg Hall of St. Paul, member of the First State Legislature (ca. 1858) From the Minnesota Historical Society's Visual Resources Database