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Nobles, William H. "Wm. H."

Territorial House 1854 (District 6); Territorial House 1856 (District 2)

Party when first elected:  Not Available

Counties Served:  Dakota, Ramsey

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: ??/??/1816
Birth Place: New York
Birth County: Genesee
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 12/28/1876
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Wm. H.
City of Residence (when first elected): Saint Paul
Occupation (when first elected): Machinist, Blacksmith and Wagonmaker

EDUCATION

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

U.S. Executive Branch: United States Government (Master of Transportation of Troops); 18?? to 18??
U.S. Executive Branch: United States Government (Cotton Collector in the South); 18?? to 18??
U.S. Executive Branch: United States Government (Revenue Officer); 18?? to 18??
Municipal Council/Aldermen: St. Paul, Minnesota (City Council); 1855 to 1856
U.S. Executive Branch: United States Government (Construction of a Wagon Road from Fort Ridgely, Minnesota to the South Pass in the Rocky Mountains); 1856 to 18?? [Appointed]
Military: 79th New York Volunteers Regiment (United States Civil War, Lieutenant Colonel); 186? to 186?

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Married
Children:
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He moved to St. Croix Falls in 1841. He later moved to Willow River (later named Hudson), Wisconsin. He moved to Stillwater, Minnesota in 1843. He moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1848. He moved to Shasta County, California in 1849. Some time after May 1852 he returned to Minnesota. He fought with the New York Regiment in the United States Civil War. He returned to Minnesota a few days before he died.

Nobles County, Minnesota was named after him; Nobles Pass in the Sierra Nevada Range in the Rocky Mountains was also named after him.

He assisted with the creation of the first mill in St. Croix Falls. (Minnesota in Three Centuries)

He built the first frame house in Hudson, Wisconsin. (Minnesota in Three Centuries)

He opened the first wagonmaker's shop in St. Paul, Minnesota and built the first wagon made in Minnesota. (Minnesota in Three Centuries)

He died in a hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Total Days Served: 735

SESSIONS SERVED

7th Territorial Legislative Session (1856)

  Session Details
Body: Territorial House
District: 02
Elected: 10/9/1855
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/2/1856 to 1/6/1857
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Miller
Party: Not Available
Committees:
  • Engrossed Bills (Chair)
  • Incorporations

5th Territorial Legislative Session (1854)

  Session Details
Body: Territorial House
District: 06
Elected: 10/12/1853
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/4/1854 to 1/2/1855
Counties Represented: Dakota
Occupation: Machinist, Blacksmith and Wagonmaker
Party: Not Available
Committees:
  • Schools
  • Territorial Roads (Chair)
Articles & Books About
Babcock, Willoughby M. "Gateway to the Northwest, St. Paul and the Nobles Expedition of 1859." Minnesota History, June 1957, p. 249-262.

"Nobles County." Minnesota Place Names (Electronic Resource), St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society.