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Darwin Scott HALL

(1844-1919)

HALL, Darwin Scott, a Representative from Minnesota; born in Mound Prairie, Wheatland Township, Kenosha County, Wis., January 23, 1844; moved with his parents to Waukaw, Winnebago County, in 1847, thence to Grand Rapids, Wis., in 1856; attended the common schools, the local academy at Elgin, Ill., and Markham’s Academy, Milwaukee, Wis.; served as a private in Company K, Forty-second Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, during the Civil War; settled near Birch Cooley, Renville County, Minn., in 1866 and engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1868; auditor of Renville County 1869-1873; clerk of the district court 1873-1878; member of the State house of representatives in 1876; editor of the Renville Times, which he founded in 1876; register of the United States land office at Benson, Minn., 1878-1886; served in the State senate in 1886; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first Congress (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1891); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress; appointed chairman of the Chippewa Indian Commission by President Harrison in 1891 and served until 1893 and again in 1897; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1892; member of the board of managers of the Minnesota State Agricultural Society 1905-1910; again a member of the State senate in 1906; engaged in agricultural pursuits near Olivia, Renville County, Minn., until his death there on February 23, 1919; interment in Olivia Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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