House 1859-60 (District 11)
Party when first elected: Republican
Date of Birth:
Date of Death:
City of Residence (when first elected):
Occupation (when first elected):
Lawyer/Formerly Taught School, Virginia
Private Schools, Canada; Secondary;
Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania; College Graduate; 1848-1853
Studied Law; In the Office of Edgar C. Wilson in Virginia; Admitted to the Virginia Bar, 1857
OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE
Winona County, Minnesota (1 term);
??/??/18?? to ??/??/18??
3rd Judicial District, Minnesota (Judge);
01/??/1874 to ??/??/1881
Minnesota Supreme Court (Associate Justice, First Appointed by Governor Pillsbury, Then Elected);
03/??/1881 to 01/??/1900
E. Jane Hanway (while in office, married in September 1857; she died around 1867); Widower (after he left office); Francis N. Smith (remarried in July 1872)
Six children: William D. (the first United States Solicitor General, also served as United States Attorney General) (son)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
He was of Scottish ancestry.
He was the oldest of 10 children.
He settled in the United States in 1848 and moved to Winona, Minnesota in the spring of 1857.
"He was originally Republican, but becoming dissatisfied with some of the reconstruction measures of the party during the administration of President Johnson, he has since acted chiefly, though not in a partisan sense, with the Democratic party." (Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897, p. 437)
The William Mitchell College of Law was named after him in 1956 when the Saint Paul College of Law and the Minneapolis-Minnesota College of Law merged.
He died of a stroke at home in Winona, Minnesota.
He attended the Presbyterian church.
Religion provided by Progressive Men of Minnesota, 1897, p. 437.