Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Minnesota Legislature
Skip Navigation Links > > >

Powers, Calvin Siscoe "C.S."

Senate 1879-82 (District 3)

Party when first elected:  Not Available

Counties Served:  Fillmore

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 9/??/1826
Birth Place: Johnstown, Canada West
Birth County:
Birth Country: Canada
Date of Death: 6/1/1890
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: C.S.
City of Residence (when first elected): Fountain
Occupation (when first elected): Phrenology Lecturer/Editor, Fillmore County Radical and Fountain Radical Newspapers

EDUCATION

District Schools, Canada; Elementary School;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Married
Children: At least One child: A.W. (served as Minnesota Senate Clerk while his father was in office) (son)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He was of Irish ancestry on his mother's side.

He moved to Elizabethtown, Canada West around 1830, with his parents. They then moved to Newcastle, Canada West around 1838. He came to Waukokee, Minnesota in 1860.

On December 11, 1877 he received a partent for an improved electro-vapor bath.

He became editor of the Dollar Weekly published in Wykoff in 1878.

He became a gravestone carver and established Fountain Marble Works in 1882.

He died in in Preston, Fillmore County, Minnesota. He was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston, Minnesota.

Total Days Served: 1456

SESSIONS SERVED

22nd Legislative Session (1881-1882)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 03
Elected: 11/2/1880
Residence: Fountain
Term of Office: 1/4/1881 to 1/1/1883
Counties Represented: Fillmore
Occupation: Phrenology Lecturer/Editor, Fillmore County Radical and Fountain Radical Newspapers
Party: Not Available
Committees:
  • Banks
  • Engrossment
  • Indian Affairs
  • Library
  • Public Buildings
  • Retrenchment and Reform (Chair)

21st Legislative Session (1879-1880)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 03
Elected: 11/5/1878
Residence: Fountain
Term of Office: 1/7/1879 to 1/3/1881
Counties Represented: Fillmore
Occupation: Phrenology Lecturer/Editor, Fillmore County Radical and Fountain Radical Newspapers
Party: Not Available
Committees:
  • Engrossment
  • Indian Affairs
  • Library
  • Public Lands
  • Temperance and Prohibition Special
Photographs
Calvin Siscoe Powers in His Top Hat, 1851. Photo provided by Barbara M. Ramb, one of his descendants.
Calvin Siscoe Powers Reading, 1876. Photo provided by Barbara M. Ramb, one of his descendants.
Calvin Siscoe Powers, 1890 Photo provided by Barbara M. Ramb, one of his descendants.

Articles & Books By
Improvement in Electro-Vapor Baths. Specifications and Drawings of Patents Relating to Electricity Issued by the United States Prior to July 1, 1881, Volume XIV.


Articles & Books About
Richardson, Debra. "Professor Powers: Once Upon a Tombstone." Bluff Country Reader, September 22, 2010.

Calvin Siscoe Powers. The Phrenological Journal and Life Illustrated, August 1871, p. 100-101.