Senate 1875-78 (District 39)
Party when first elected: Not Available
Big Stone, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens
Date of Birth:
Evanger, Voss/Vosse Elven,
Date of Death:
Reported Minority: Not Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):
Occupation (when first elected):
Albion Academy, Wisconsin; Secondary; Graduate, June 1865
Studied Law; Office of Senator William F. Vilas, Madison, Wisconsin; Admitted to the Wisconsin Bar, Spring 1867
OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE
4th Wisconsin Cavalry Regiment/Volunteer Infantry (United States Civil War, Capture of New Orleans, Siege of Vicksburg, Battle of Baton Rouge and Bisland; Wounded and Taken Prisoner in Port Hudson Siege, Louisiana; Private and Noncommissioned Officer);
04/1861 to 08/1864
State Legislator (Not Minnesota):
1868 to 1869
Douglas County, Minnesota;
1872 to 1874
Board of Regents:
University of Minnesota;
1882 to 1893
5th Congressional District, Minnesota;
03/04/1883 to 03/03/1889
01/04/1893 to 01/31/1895
03/04/1895 to 04/28/1923
Nicolina or Nicoline Jacobson Nelson (married in 1867)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
He came to Chicago, Illinois on July 3, 1849, when he was six years old, with his mother. They next moved to Wisconsin. He moved to Alexandria, Minnesota in August 1871.
He lived on a farm in Alexandria, Minnesota.
"Politics, Republican." (Biographical Sketches of the Officers of Minnesota and the 19th Minnesota State Legislature by C.L. Hall, 1877, p. 19)
He was listed as a Republican on the list of members posted after the 1877 election. ("The Next Legislature." St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 10, 1877)
He was elected as a Republican party member to the United States Congress.
He was the state's first foreign-born governor. (MNopedia, June 6, 2011.)
He resigned his second term as Minnesota Governor to run for the United States Senate.
He was wounded in the Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana.
He died before his term expired in the United States Senate. He died on a railroad car near Timonium/Baltimore, Maryland while returning to Minnesota from Washington D.C. His body was lain in state in the State Capitol on May 1, 1923. He was buried in Kinkead Cemetery in Alexandria, Minnesota.
Religion provided by Biographical Sketches of the Officers of Minnesota and the 19th Minnesota State Legislature by C.L. Hall, 1877.