Pendergast, William Wirt, 1833-1903

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William Wirt Pendergast was born in New England in 1833. After attending Bowdoin College in Maine, he joined with the Hutchinson brothers to plat a town in Minnesota Territory by the same name. Pendergast returned to Massachusetts sometime before the end of the Civil War where he married Abigail Cogswell. The couple had a son, Edward, in 1864 and two years later returned to Hutchinson, Minnesota where William began a career in education. William eventually became the first principal of the University of Minnesota's two year agriculture school and finished his career as the state Superintendent of Schools. He died in 1903.

From the guide to the William Wirt Pendergast Diary, 1895 June 17-1895 June 21, (Montana State University-Bozeman Library, Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections)

William Wirt Pendergast was born in New England in 1833. After attending Bowdoin College in Maine, he joined with the Hutchinson brothers to plat a town in Minnesota Territory by the same name. Pendergast returned to Massachusetts sometime before the end of the Civil War where he married Abigail Cogswell. The couple had a son, Edward, in 1864 and two years later returned to Hutchinson, Minn., where William began a career in education. William eventually became the first principal of the University of Minnesota's two year agriculture school and finished his career as the state Superintendent of Schools. He died in 1903.

From the description of William Wirt Pendergast diary, 1895 June 17-21. (Montana State University Bozeman Library). WorldCat record id: 74986131

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creatorOf Southworth, Newton, 1803-1863. Newton Southworth and family papers, 1852-1917. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Harrington and Merrill families papers., 1732-1963 (bulk 1870-1900). Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Letters received by the Office of Indian Affairs [microform]., 1824-1880 Minnesota Historical Society
creatorOf Pendergast, William Wirt, 1833-1903. William Wirt Pendergast and family papers, 1816-1986. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Pendergast, William Wirt, 1833-1903. William Wirt Pendergast diary, 1895 June 17-21. Montana State University (MSU) Library, MSU Library; Renne Library; MSU Library - Bozeman
creatorOf Benjamin, John, 1823-1902. John Benjamin and family papers, 1840-1951. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf William Wirt Pendergast Diary, 1895 June 17-1895 June 21 Montana State University-Bozeman Library, Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
referencedIn University of Minnesota. School of Agriculture. School of Agriculture records, 1854-1961. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn School of Agriculture records, 1854-1961 University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives. [uarc]
creatorOf Merrill, Martha A., 1858-. Harrington and Merrill families papers, 1732-1963 (bulk 1870-1900). Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Pendergast, William. Civil-military relations: a comparative analysis: France. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Letters received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880 [microform]. Minnesota Historical Society Library
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associatedWith Benjamin, John, 1823-1902. person
associatedWith Brazil Land Development Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Brink, Carol Ryrie, 1895-1981. person
associatedWith Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express and Station Employees. corporateBody
associatedWith Cogswell, Caleb, 1807-1888. person
associatedWith Cogswell, Elizabeth B., 1811-1876. person
associatedWith Cogswell family. family
associatedWith Eliot, Frederick May, 1889-1958. person
associatedWith Ely family. family
associatedWith Greenberg, Elizabeth P., 1889-1958. person
associatedWith Greenberg, Henry W., 1858- person
associatedWith Guptill, A. B. (Albert Brewer), 1854-1931. person
associatedWith Harvard University. corporateBody
associatedWith Jemne, Elsa. person
associatedWith Lake Forest Academy. corporateBody
associatedWith Lake Forest College. corporateBody
associatedWith Merrill, Martha A., 1858- person
associatedWith Minnesota Territorial Pioneers (Organization). corporateBody
associatedWith Pendergast, Abigail Cogswell. person
associatedWith Pendergast, Abigail Lowe, 1839-1917. person
associatedWith Pendergast family. family
associatedWith Pendergast, Laura Goldie, 1879- person
associatedWith Pendergast, Perley Parker, 1836-1938. person
associatedWith Pendergast, T. H. (Timothy H.), 1836-1910. person
associatedWith Pendergast, Webster Goldie, 1904- person
associatedWith Railway Express Agency. corporateBody
associatedWith Southworth, Newton, 1803-1863. person
associatedWith United States. Forest Service. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Office of Indian Affairs. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Minnesota. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Minnesota. School of Agriculture. corporateBody
associatedWith White family. family
associatedWith White, Gerald Pendergast, 1915- person
associatedWith White, Harry A., 1869-1920. person
associatedWith White, John L., 1906- person
associatedWith White, Sophie Pendergast, 1873-1955. person
associatedWith White, Stephen Story, 1909-1979. person
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Illinois
Minnesota--Hutchinson
Yellowstone National Park
Massachusetts
Yellowstone National Park
Minnesota
McLeod County (Minn.)
Washington (State)
Brazil
Hutchinson (Minn.)
New Jersey
United States
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Tourists--Diaries
Parks and Playgrounds
Universities and colleges
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Voyages around the world
Labor unions--Express Service
Education
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Dakota Indians--Wars, 1862-1865
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Birth 1833

Death 1903

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