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Coggswell, Amos

Republican Constitutional Convention 1857 (District 10); House 1859-60 (District 15); Senate 1872-75 (District 12)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Steele, Waseca

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 9/29/1825
Birth Place: Boscawen, New Hampshire
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 11/15/1892
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
Alternate Spelling of Last Name: Cogswell
City of Residence (when first elected): Aurora Township
Occupation (when first elected): Farmer/Former Lawyer

EDUCATION

Gilmanton College, New Hampshire; Attended College;
Studied Law; With Frank Pierce

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

U.S. Executive Branch: United States Pension Office (Examiner of Pension Claims); 1853 to 1856
Territorial Republican Constitutional Convention: 10th Council District, Minnesota Territory; 07/13/1857 to 08/29/1857

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Married (when first elected); Widower (listed in 1872); Married (listed in 1873)
Children:
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

Toensing, the Fifteenth Legislature of Minnesota, 1873; and the Minnesota Legislative Manuals, 1860, 1873, 1874, and 1875 list his last name as Coggswell. The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1872 lists both Cogswell and Coggswell.

The Fifteenth Legislature of Minnesota, St. Paul: Press Printing Company, 1873 lists his city as Owatonna. Toensing and the Minnesota Legislative Manuals, 1860, 1872, 1873, 1874 and 1875 list Aurora.

He moved to Illinois until 1853 when he moved to Washington D.C. He moved to Minnesota in 1856.

Speaking about the 1859-60, 2nd Minnesota Legislative Session, Folwell states "the House elected a Republican speaker." (Folwell, William Watts. A History of Minnesota, Volume 2, p. 62)

He served on the Republican Constitutional Convention in 1857. He ran as a Democratic candidate for Minnesota Secretary of State in the 1867 election. (Minnesota in Three Centuries, Vol. 3, p. 47, 56, 447-448)

His city is listed as Aurora Center.

He died in Owatonna, Minnesota.

Total Days Served: 1861

SESSIONS SERVED

17th Legislative Session (1875)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 12
Elected: 11/4/1873
Residence: Aurora
Term of Office: 1/6/1874 to 1/3/1876
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Not Available
Committees:
  • Internal Improvements
  • Joint University
  • Railroads
  • Retrenchment and Reform
  • Tree Planting

16th Legislative Session (1874)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 12
Elected: 11/4/1873
Residence: Aurora
Term of Office: 1/6/1874 to 1/3/1876
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Not Available
Committees:
  • Internal Improvements
  • Joint University and University Lands
  • Retrenchment
  • Tree Planting

15th Legislative Session (1873)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 12
Elected: 11/7/1871
Residence: Aurora
Term of Office: 1/2/1872 to 1/5/1874
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Democratic Party Notes: His party affiliation was provided by The Fifteenth Legislature of Minnesota, 1873.
Committees:
  • Indian Affairs
  • Internal Improvements
  • Joint University and University Lands
  • Judiciary

14th Legislative Session (1872)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 12
Elected: 11/7/1871
Residence: Aurora
Term of Office: 1/2/1872 to 1/5/1874
Counties Represented: Steele
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Not Available
Committees:
  • Corporations
  • Joint University and University Lands
  • Judiciary

2nd Legislative Session (1859-1860)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 15
Elected: 10/11/1859
Residence: Aurora Township
Term of Office: 12/7/1859 to 1/7/1861
Counties Represented: Steele, Waseca
Occupation: Farmer/Former Lawyer
Party: Republican Party Notes: Speaking about the 1859-60, 2nd Minnesota Legislative Session, Folwell states "the House elected a Republican speaker." (Folwell, William Watts. A History of Minnesota, Volume 2, p. 62)
Committees:
Leadership Position: Speaker of the House
Leadership Notes: Speaking about the 1859-60, 2nd Minnesota Legislative Session, Folwell states "the House elected a Republican speaker." (Folwell, William Watts. A History of Minnesota, Volume 2, p. 62)
Session Notes: His city is listed as Aurora Center.