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Ahrens, Henry

Senate 1878 (District 34)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Nicollet, Renville

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 8/2/1833 (uncertain)
Birth Place: Hanover
Birth County:
Birth Country: Germany
Date of Death: 1/30/1914
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
Alternate Spelling of Last Name: Aherns
City of Residence (when first elected): Beaver Falls
Occupation (when first elected): Miller

EDUCATION

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

County Board/Commissioner: Renville County, Minnesota; [Dates Unknown]
County Government: Renville County, Minnesota (County Treasurer, first one); 1??? to 1???
Judge: ; 1??? to 1???

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Minnie Bobson (married in 1861; she died on July 29, 1910)
Children: Nine children: Fritz, Reikie, Eliza, Henry, Frank, and Charles
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

Toensing lists his birth year as 1835. The History of Renville County, Minnesota, 1916 lists 1833 and states he died at the age of 81.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 10, 1877 lists his last name as Aherns. All other sources list Ahrens.

He came to the United States in 1853. He moved to New York in 1854. He moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1855. He moved to Illinois in 1859. He came to Nicollet County, Minnesota in 1861. He moved to Beaver Falls, Minnesota in the spring of 1862. He returned to Illinois in the summer of 1862 due to the Indian uprisings. He later returned to Renville County, Minnesota. He moved to Morton, Minnesota in 1903.

He was listed as a Republican on the list of members posted after the 1877 election. ("The Next Legislature." St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 10, 1877)

Total Days Served: 364

SESSIONS SERVED

20th Legislative Session (1878)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 34
Elected: 11/6/1877
Residence: Beaver Falls
Term of Office: 1/8/1878 to 1/6/1879
Counties Represented: Nicollet, Renville
Occupation: Miller
Party: Republican Party Notes: He was listed as a Republican on the list of members posted after the 1877 election. ("The Next Legislature." St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 10, 1877)
Committees:
  • Indian Affairs
  • Insane Asylum
  • Retrenchment and Reform (Chair)
  • Roads and Bridges