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Collins, Loren Warren "L.W."

House 1881-82 (District 31); House 1883-84 (District 40)

Party when first elected:  Not Available

Counties Served:  Stearns


Date of Birth: 8/7/1838
Birth Place: Lowell, Massachusetts
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 9/27/1912
Gender: Male
Religion: Unitarian
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: L.W.
City of Residence (when first elected): Saint Cloud
Occupation (when first elected): Lawyer


Massachusetts Common Schools; Elementary School;
Massachusetts Common Schools; Secondary;
Studied Law; Smith, Smith, and Crosby Law Firm; Hastings, Minnesota


Military: 7th Minnesota Infantry; and 16th Army Corps, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division (Campaign Against the Sioux Indians/United States Civil War, 1st Lieutenant, 2nd Lieutenant, Captain); 1862 to 08/12/1865
Judge: 7th Judicial District, Minnesota (Judge); 1867 to 18?? [Appointed]
County Attorney: Stearns County, Minnesota (8 years); 187? to 188? [Elected]
Municipal Mayor: St. Cloud, Minnesota; 1876 to 1878
Municipal Mayor: St. Cloud, Minnesota; 1880 to 1880
Judge: Minnesota District Court (Judge); 1883 to 1887
Judge: Minnesota Supreme Court (Associate Justice; First Appointed by Governor McGill, Then Elected); 11/16/1887 to 04/01/1904 [Appointed]


Spouse: Ella M. Stewart (married on September 4, 1878; she died on May 31, 1894)
Children: Three children: Stewart Garfield, Louis Loren, and Loren Fletcher
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:


The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1881 lists his first initial as both L. and S. It appears the S was a typo. All other sources checked list L. or Loren for his first name.

He moved to Chicopee, Massachusetts in 1840, with his parents. They then moved to Palmer, Massachusetts in 1851. He came to Eden Prairie, Hennepin County, Minnesota in 1853 or 1854. He moved to St. Cloud, Minnesota around 1866.

When he ran for the Minnesota Supreme Court his opponents were endorsed by the Democratic and Populist parties.

He ran unsuccessfully for Minnesota Governor in 1904.

He was a member of the Masonic Order.

He died at home in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Religion provided by Progressive Men of Minnesota.

Total Days Served: 1463


23rd Legislative Session (1883-1884)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 40
Elected: 11/7/1882
Residence: Saint Cloud
Term of Office: 1/2/1883 to 1/5/1885
Counties Represented: Stearns
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Not Available
  • Finance (Chair)
  • Temperance Legislation (Chair)

22nd Legislative Session (1881-1882)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 31
Elected: 11/2/1880
Residence: Saint Cloud
Term of Office: 1/4/1881 to 1/1/1883
Counties Represented: Stearns
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Not Available
  • Joint University and University Lands
  • Judiciary
  • Normal Schools (Chair)
Articles & Books About
Minnesota Supreme Court. "Loren W. Collins." Biographical Sketches of Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court and Judges of the Minnesota Court of Appeals from Territorial Days to 1990, St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Company, 1990, p. 19.

Shutter, Marion Daniel. "Loren Warren Collins." Progressive Men of Minnesota, Minneapolis: The Minneapolis Journal, 1897, p. 32.