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Watrous, John S.

House 1857-58 (District 26)

Party when first elected:  Not Available

Counties Served:  Buchanan (defunct), Carlton, Itasca, Lake, St. Louis


Date of Birth: ??/??/1823 (uncertain)
Birth Place: , Ohio
Birth County: Ashtabula
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: ??/??/1897
Gender: Male
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Clifton
Occupation (when first elected): Surveyor/Land Speculator



U.S. Executive Branch: United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, Chippewa Indian Agency, Minnesota; 06/30/1851 to ? [Appointed]
U.S. Executive Branch: United States Land Office, Buchanan, St. Louis County, Minnesota (Register); 03/1859 to 01/1860 [Appointed]


Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:


He moved from Ashtabula County, Ohio to Minnesota. He returned to Ohio in 1860.

He died in California.

Total Days Served: 735


1st Legislative Session (1857-1858)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 26
Elected: 10/13/1857
Residence: Clifton
Term of Office: 12/2/1857 to 12/6/1859
Counties Represented: Buchanan (defunct), Carlton, Itasca, Lake, St. Louis
Occupation: Surveyor/Land Speculator
Party: Not Available
Leadership Position: Speaker of the House
Leadership Notes: He was officially Speaker of the House from December 3, 1857 - March 12, 1858. However, on December 22, 1857, he requested and was granted a leave of absence so he could attend to important business transactions. George Bradley was named Speaker Pro Tem that same day. On March 12, 1858 the House declared the Speaker's chair vacant and elected George Bradley as Speaker. John S. Watrous was absent until June 2, 1858.
Session Notes: He was sworn in on December 3, 1857. An 1858-59 session was not held due to the protracted session of 1857-58. (Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1872, p. 66) Thus, even though the first session was adjourned on August 12, 1858; the term end date for it is listed as the day before the second legislative session's start date.
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