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Minnesota Territory

Territory of Minnesota
the United States



Location of Minnesota Territory
Capital St. Paul
Government Organized incorporated territory
 •  1849–1853 Alexander Ramsey
 •  1853–1857 Willis A. Gorman
 •  1857–1858 Samuel Medary
 •  Split from Iowa and Wisconsin territories March 3, 1849
 •  Statehood May 11, 1858
Nine original Minnesota Territory Counties (1849–1851) superimposed over Minnesota (right), North Dakota and South Dakota (left) of today
Minnesota Territory Centennial, issue of 1949

The Territory of Minnesota was an Union as the State of Minnesota.


  • History 1
  • Territorial Governors 2
  • Territorial Secretaries 3
  • Territorial Attorneys General 4
  • Congressional Delegates 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The boundaries of the Minnesota Territory, as carved out of Iowa Territory, included the current Minnesota region and most of what later became Dakota Territory east of the Missouri River. Minnesota Territory also included portions of Wisconsin Territory that did not become part of Wisconsin, located between the Mississippi River and Wisconsin, including the Arrowhead Region.[1]

At the time of its formation, the territory contained three cities: St. Paul, St. Anthony (now part of Minneapolis), and Stillwater. The major territorial institutions were divided among the three: St. Paul was made the capital; Minneapolis was selected as the site of the University of Minnesota; and Stillwater was chosen as the site of the Minnesota Territorial Prison.[2]

Territorial Governors

# Governor Took office Left office Party
1 Alexander Ramsey June 1, 1849 May 15, 1853 Whig
2 Willis Arnold Gorman May 15, 1853 April 23, 1857 Democratic
3 Samuel Medary April 23, 1857 May 24, 1858 Democratic

Territorial Secretaries

Territorial Attorneys General

Congressional Delegates

See also


  1. ^ See The Student Page of the Minnesota Secretary of State for an overview of how Minnesota's state boundaries were determined.
  2. ^ Minnesota History at the Minnesota State University, Mankato website, retrieved July 4, 2007.

External links

  • Minnesota historic documents (incl. Organic Act, Enabling Act, Act of Admission and territorial maps)
  • Debates and proceedings of the Constitutional convention for the territory of Minnesota, to form a state constitution preparatory to its admission into the Union as a state

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