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Alexander Ramsey (September 8, 1815 April 22, 1903) was an Americanmarker politician. He was born near Harrisburg, Pennsylvaniamarker.

Ramsey was elected from Pennsylvaniamarker as a Whig to the U.S. House of Representatives and served in the 28th and 29th congresses from March 4, 1843 to March 3, 1847. He served as the first Territorial Governor of Minnesota from June 1, 1849 to May 15, 1853 as a member of the Whig Party.

In 1855, he became the mayor of St. Paul, Minnesotamarker. Ramsey was elected the second Governor of Minnesota after statehood and served from January 2, 1860 to July 10, 1863. Ramsey is credited with being the first Union governor to commit troops during the American Civil War (he happened to be in Washington, D.C.marker when fighting broke out). He resigned the governorship to become a U.S. Senator, having been elected to that post in 1863 as a Republican. He was re-elected in 1869 and held the office until March 3, 1875, serving in the 38th, 39th, 40th, 41st, 42nd, and 43rd congresses.

Ramsey served as Secretary of War from 1879 to 1881, under President Rutherford B. Hayes.


The Minnesota Historical Society preserves his home as a museum. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. Alexander Ramsey Park, located in Redwood Falls, Minnesotamarker, is the largest municipal park in Minnesota. Ramsey County, Minnesotamarker, Ramsey County, North Dakotamarker, the city of Ramsey, Minnesotamarker, the city of Ramsey, Illinoismarker, Ramsey Park in Stillwater, Minnesotamarker, Alexander Ramsey Elementary School in Montevideo, Minnesotamarker and Ramsey International Fine Arts Center (formerly Alexander Ramsey Junior High School) in Minneapolis, Minnesotamarker, are also named for him.


  • Retrieved on 2009-03-22
  1. Allan H. Keith, Historical Stories: About Greenville and Bond County, IL. Consulted on August 15, 2007.

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