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Kidder, Orlando Burr "O.B."

House 1881 (District 11)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Dodge


Date of Birth: 8/14/1811
Birth Place: Weathersfield, Vermont
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 10/14/1881
Gender: Male
Religion: Protestant
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: O.B.
City of Residence (when first elected): Claremont
Occupation (when first elected): Farmer



County Government: Dodge County, Minnesota (Assessor); 1857 to 18??
County Board/Commissioner: Dodge County, Minnesota (Board of Supervisors, Chair); 1863 to 18??
State Board/Commission/Council: Minnesota State Agricultural Society (Executive Committee); 1869 to 18??
State Agency: Minnesota Secretary of Agriculture (Appointed by Governor Pillsbury); 187? to 18?? [Appointed]


Spouse: Fanny Maria Perry (married on July 31, 1834; she died on September 15, 1848); Eliza Mary Way (remarried on November 28, 1850; she died on December 31, 1886)
Children: Three children (with his first wife): Lucy (daughter); George Burr, and Orlando Perry (sons)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Jefferson Parish Kidder  - Other - See Notes


He was of English ancestry.

Toensing lists his birth year as 1845. His great great granddaughter says he was born in 1811. The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1881 lists him as being 69 years old which matches the 1811 year.

Toensing lists his death year as 1915. His great great granddaughter says he died in 1881 which explains why he wasn't present for the extra session.

He lived in New Hampshire, then Iowa, before he came to Minnesota in 1852. He was one of the first white settlers in the Rice Lake area, in what was to become Dodge County, Minnesota, in 1854.

His great great granddaughter thinks he was affiliated with the Republican party.

"The first town meeting for Claremont Township was held at his home on May, 11, 1858." (Orlando Burr Kidder's great great granddaughter)

"Virtually all of the Kidders in the U.S stem from Ensign James Kidder who came from England to Cambridge, MA around 1654. He had two sons, James and John, from which all of the rest have descended. O.B. Kidder was descended from son James, whereas Jefferson was from son John
both of whom were born in the 1650s." (Orlando Burr Kidder's great great granddaughter)

He died in Claremont, Minnesota. He was buried in the Claremont Street Cemetery in Claremont, Minnesota.

Middle name, birth date, death date, family data, other government service, death place, and burial place provided by his great great granddaughter.

Religion provided by his great great granddaughter. She thinks he probably was Presbyterian or Congregational but didn't know for sure.

Total Days Served: 284


22nd Legislative Session (1881-1882)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 11
Elected: 11/2/1880
Residence: Claremont
Term of Office: 1/4/1881 to 10/14/1881 (unfinished term)
Counties Represented: Dodge
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Republican Party Notes: His great great granddaughter thinks he was affiliated with the Republican party.
  • Agriculture and Manufactures
  • Soldiers Orphans
Reason for unfinished term: Death
Session Notes: He died while in office in October 14, 1881. He didn't serve in the Extra Session.
No other information has been entered for this legislator.