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Wilson, Eugene McLanahan "E.M."

Senate 1879-80 (District 27)

Party when first elected:  Democratic

Counties Served:  Hennepin

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 12/25/1833
Birth Place: Morgantown, West Virginia
Birth County: Monongalia
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 4/10/1890
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: E.M.
City of Residence (when first elected): Minneapolis
Occupation (when first elected): Lawyer

EDUCATION

Common Schools; Elementary School;
Morgantown Academy; Secondary;
Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania; College Graduate; 1852
Studied Law; Admitted to the Bar, 1855

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

U.S. Attorney: United States District Attorney, Minnesota (Appointed by President Buchanan); 1857 to 1861 [Appointed]
Military: Union Army, 1st Minnesota Mounted Rangers, Company A, Cavalry (United States Civil War, Sioux Indian Country, Captain); 1862 to 1863
U.S. Representative: 2nd Congressional District, Minnesota; 03/04/1869 to 03/03/1871 [Elected]
Municipal Mayor: Minneapolis, Minnesota (City Mayor, First One after Minneapolis and St. Anthony were Consolidated into One City); 1872 to 1872 [Elected]
Municipal Mayor: Minneapolis, Minnesota; 1874 to 1874
Municipal Board/Commission: Minneapolis, Minnesota (Park Commission Board Member); 1883 to 04/10/1890

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Elizabeth Kimball (married on September or October 6, 1865)
Children: Five children: (at least 3 daughters)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He was of Scottish and Irish ancestry.

He came to Winona, Minnesota in fall 1855, or spring 1856. He moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in fall 1857.

"As before remarked, Mr. Wilson is a Democrat, not only from education but principle, and never has lacked the courage of his convictions in advocating Democratic principles." (Isaac Atwater. "Honorable Eugene Wilson," Magazine of Western History, August, 1888).

His party affiliation was also provided by the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, and Minnesota and Its People, Volume 1, p. 289.

He ran unsuccessfully as a candidate for the United States Congress in 1874.

He ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic party endorsed candidate for Minnesota Governor in the 1888 election.

"For several generations the family has been prominent in public affairs in Virginia. His father, Edgar C. Wilson, was a representative in congress from Virginia from 1833 to 1835. His grandfather, Thomas Wilson, was a representative from Virginia from 1833 to 1813 [sic]. Soon after the organization of the government his great grandfather, on his mother's side, William Griffin, represented in congress a district comprising the western part of Pennsylvania." (Atwater, Isaac, "Honorable Eugene Wilson, Magazine of Western History, August 1888.)

He died in Nassau, New Providence Island, British West Indies (Bahama Islands). He traveled there in an effort to regain his health. He was buried in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Total Days Served: 728

SESSIONS SERVED

21st Legislative Session (1879-1880)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 27
Elected: 11/5/1878
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/7/1879 to 1/3/1881
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Democratic Party Notes: "As before remarked, Mr. Wilson is a Democrat, not only from education but principle, and never has lacked the courage of his convictions in advocating Democratic principles." (Isaac Atwater. "Honorable Eugene Wilson," Magazine of Western History, August, 1888). His party affiliation was also provided by the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, and Minnesota and Its People, Volume 1, p. 289.
Committees:
  • Corporations
  • Deaf, Dumb and Blind
  • Drive Wells Special
  • Federal Relations
  • Judiciary
  • Military Affairs
  • Normal Schools
  • Railroads