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Heard, Isaac V.D. "I.V.D."

Senate 1872 (District 23)

Party when first elected:  Not Available

Counties Served:  Ramsey


Date of Birth: 8/31/1834
Birth Place: Goshen, New York
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 6/17/1913
Gender: Male
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: I.V.D.
City of Residence (when first elected): Saint Paul
Occupation (when first elected): Lawyer


Studied Law; Admitted to Practice


County Attorney: Ramsey County, Minnesota (Appointed in 1856 and First Elected Later That Same Year); 1856 to 1864 [Appointed]
Municipal Attorney: St. Paul, Minnesota (City Attorney); 1856 to 1856 [Elected]
Military: United States Armed Forces, Independent Cavalry Company (Sioux Outbreak of 1862, General Sibley's Expedition); 1862 to 1863
Municipal Attorney: St. Paul, Minnesota (City Attorney); 1865 to 1867 [Elected]


Spouse: Married: Augusta Hale
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:


He came to St. Paul, Minnesota in May 1852.

He served as Judge Advocate at the trial of 303 Indians after the Sioux War of 1862-63. (Minnesota in Three Centuries, and A History of the City of St. Paul to 1875, 1983 edition, by J. Fletcher Williams, p. 391). In his book, History of the Sioux War and Massacres of 1862 and 1863, Heard says he "acted as the Recorder of the Military Commission which tried some 400 of the participants in the outbreak."

He was an advocate for the creation of the state reform school.

He is interred in Oakland cemetery in St. Paul.

Total Days Served: 371


14th Legislative Session (1872)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 23
Elected: 11/7/1871
Residence: Saint Paul
Term of Office: 1/2/1872 to 1/6/1873
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Not Available
  • Corporations (Chair)
  • Federal Relations
  • Judiciary
  • Railroads
Articles & Books By
Heard, Isaac, V.D. History of the Sioux War and Massacres of 1862 and 1863. New York: Harper and Brothers, Publishers, 1864.

Articles & Books About
"Isaac Heard, Indian Fighter, Passes Away in New York." Star Tribune, June 21, 1913.