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Northrup, Anson

Senate 1857-58 (District 21)

Party when first elected:  Democratic

Counties Served:  Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Morrison


Date of Birth: ??/??/1817
Birth Place: New York
Birth County: Cattaraugus
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: ??/??/1894
Gender: Male
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
Alternate Spelling of Last Name: Northup
City of Residence (when first elected): Swan River
Occupation (when first elected): Lumbering/Steamboating/Former Hotel Builder and Owner



Military: United States Armed Forces (Indian War of 1862); 1862 to 18??


Spouse: Married
Children: Had children: Charles H. (he was the first white child born in St. Croix Falls, son)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:


He moved from Ohio to the St. Croix Valley in 1841. He moved to Stillwater, Minnesota in the spring of 1844 where he built and ran the first hotel in that city. He moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1849 and built the American Hotel. He moved to St. Anthony Falls, Minnesota in 1851 and built the St. Charles Hotel. In later years he also lived in Long Prairie, Swan River, and Duluth, Minnesota where he engaged in lumbering and steamboating. He also resided for a time in the Dakota Territory.

He also built the Bushnell Hotel in 1853, the first brick building in Minneapolis. (Holcombe, R.J. Minnesota in Three Centuries)

He died in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Total Days Served: 735


1st Legislative Session (1857-1858)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 21
Elected: 10/13/1857
Residence: Swan River
Term of Office: 12/2/1857 to 12/6/1859
Counties Represented: Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Morrison
Occupation: Lumbering/Steamboating/Former Hotel Builder and Owner
Party: Democratic
  • Agriculture and Manufactures (Chair)
  • Elections
  • Roads and Bridges (Chair)
Session Notes: He was sworn in on December 7, 1857 and subscribed to the oath of office on December 8, 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.
Anson Northrup of Swan River, member of the First State Legislature (ca. 1858) From the Minnesota Historical Society's Visual Resources Database