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Faribault, Alexander "Alex."

Territorial House 1851 (District 7)

Party when first elected:  Not Available

Counties Served:  Dakota, Wabasha, Wahnahta (defunct)


Date of Birth: 6/22/1806
Birth Place: Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 11/28/1882
Gender: Male
Reported Minority: American Indian
Other Names: Alex.
Alternate Spelling of Last Name: Farribault
City of Residence (when first elected): Mendota
Occupation (when first elected): Trading Post Owner


Fort Snelling; At Least Elementary School;


Postmaster: Faribault, Minnesota (He was the First One); 1853 to 18??


Children: At least one child: Agnes
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
William Henry Forbes  - Son-in-Law


Minnesota in Three Centuries lists Minnesota as his birth state. Minnesota Place Names lists Wisconsin.

"He was the son of Jean Baptiste Faribault, and was one-half French, one-fourth Scotch, and one-fourth Sioux." (Minnesota in Three Centuries, Vol. 2, p. 453.)

The Minnesota Journal of the Territorial House, 1851 sections related to his contested election list his name as Farribault. All other sources list Faribault.

The city of Faribault, Rice County, Minnesota was founded by and named for him.

He died in Faribault, Minnesota.

Total Days Served: 371


2nd Territorial Legislative Session (1851)

  Session Details
Body: Territorial House
District: 07
Elected: 9/2/1850
Residence: Mendota
Term of Office: 1/1/1851 to 1/6/1852
Counties Represented: Dakota, Wabasha, Wahnahta (defunct)
Occupation: Trading Post Owner
Party: Not Available
  • Militia
Session Notes: He was part of a contested election over issues related to eligible voters. The House determined he was entitled to the seat. "Unsuccessful objections were made to the swearing in of the representatives from the Seventh District, Alexander Faribault and Benjamin H. Randall, on the ground that they were not legally elected." (Minnesota in Three Centuries, Vol. 2)