Alexander Ramsey

American politician and civil serveant
Alexander Ramsey Alexander Ramsey (September 8, 1815 – April 22, 1903) was an American politician. He was born near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Alexander Ramsey was elected from Pennsylvania as a Whig to the U.S. House of Representatives and served in the 28th and 29th congresses from March 4, 1843 to March 4, 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. Ramsey was of Scottish and German ancestry. In 1855, he became the mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota. 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. 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 is also noted for his stern statements calling for the killing or removal of specific Native Americans, chiefly the Sioux (Dakota) people that lived in the state of Minnesota. Ramsey declared on September 9, 1862: "The Sioux Indians of Minnesota must be exterminated or driven forever beyond the borders of the state. " Ramsey served as Secretary of War from 1879 to 1881, under President Rutherford B. Hayes.

Personal facts

Given name
Alexander
Family name
Ramsey
Birth date
1815-09-08
Birth place
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
Profession
Lawyer Politician
Death date
1903-04-22
Place of death
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Depiction
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Politics facts

Political parties
Republican Party (United States) Whig Party (United States)
Administration served
Rutherford B. Hayes

Education facts

Alma mater
Lafayette College

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