Nelson, Knute, 1843-1923

Alternative names

Hide Profile

Knute Nelson was born in Vosse Elven, Norway, on February 2, 1843. In 1849 he and his widowed mother emigrated to the United States, settling first in Chicago (1849-1850), then in Dane County, Wisconsin, where he enlisted in the Fourth Wisconsin Cavalry Regiment (1861-1864) during the Civil War. Following the war he was graduated from the Albion Academy and studied law in a Madison, Wisconsin, law office, being admitted to the bar in 1867 and then serving as a representative in the Wisconsin assembly (1868-1869).

In 1871 he moved with his family to Alexandria, Minnesota, where he practiced law while farming a homestead tract. He served as Douglas County attorney (1872-1974), Minnesota state senator (1875-1878), presidential elector (1880), University of Minnesota regent (1882-1893), and fifth district representative to Congress (1883-1889). He was elected governor of Minnesota in 1892 and 1894, which post he resigned in 1895 to run successfully for the United States Senate, where he remained until 1923. Nelson was chairman of the Senate judiciary committee and the senate committee on public lands, and was active on the commerce and Indian affairs committees. His most notable legislative measures included the Nelson Bankruptcy Act (1898) and the act creating the Department of Commerce and Labor (1902), and he was also active in the establishment of the Interstate Commerce Commission. Nelson also supported a low tariff, a federal income tax, Prohibition, the Sherman Act, and the League of Nations. He died on April 28, 1923, during his fifth senatorial term.

The above information was taken from the following sources: Dictionary of American Biography, vol. XIII (1934); Who Was Who in America, vol. I (1968); Minnesota Biographies (1912), Book of Minnesotans (1907), Minnesota Historical Society Collections, vol. XIII (August 1908).

From the guide to the Knute Nelson papers., 1861-1924., (Minnesota Historical Society)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Davis, Cushman Kellogg, 1838-1900. Cushman K. Davis papers 1886-1900. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
creatorOf Jones, Stiles P., 1862-1920. Stiles P. Jones and family papers, 1848-1918. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Minnesota State Board of Immigration. Records, 1881-1925. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Olson, Julius E. Papers, 1871-1941. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Frank D. Willis letters, 1889-1921. Minnesota Historical Society.
referencedIn Westphal, Gustavus Adolph, 1869-. Gustavus A. Westphal papers, 1890-1919, 1945. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Sheehan, Timothy J., 1835-1913. Timothy J. Sheehan papers, 1857-1913. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Hill, Samuel, 1857-1931. Samuel Hill papers, 1895-1902. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Willis, Frank D. Frank D. Willis letters, 1899-1921. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Nelson, Knute, 1843-1923. Knute Nelson papers, 1861-1924 (bulk 1916-1923). Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Oswald Garrison Villard papers, 1872-1949. Houghton Library.
referencedIn James Manahan and family papers., 1880-1937. Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Knute Nelson papers., 1861-1924. Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Duluth Federated Trades and Labor Assembly (Duluth, Minn.). Organization records, 1892-1942. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Pope, William Cox, 1841-1917. William Cox Pope and family papers, 1858-1976. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf McKenney, Charles Richard, 1849-1937. Charles R. McKenney and family papers, 1891-1914, 1937. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Warren, George H., 1829-1891. George H. Warren and family papers, 1797-1929 bulk (1856-1912). Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Rahilly, Patrick Henry, 1832-1931. Patrick Henry Rahilly papers, 1874-1930. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn George H. Warren and family papers., 1797-1929 (bulk 1856-1912). Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Leonard, W. H. (William Huntington), 1825-1907. William H. Leonard and family papers, 1843-1955. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Folwell, William Watts, 1833-1929. William Watts Folwell papers, ca. 1856-1929. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Haines, Lynn, 1876-1929. Lynn Haines papers, 1909-1931. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Seabury, Channing, 1842-1910. Channing Seabury and family papers, 1854-1955, 1987-1988. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Sons of the American Revolution. Minnesota Society. SAR records, 1889-1966. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Wright, Anna W. Papers relating to Amar family immigration, 1921-1930. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Brown, David M., b. 1857. David M. Brown and family papers, 1884-1960. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Grindeland, Andrew, 1856-1932. Law office correspondence, 1885-1932 (bulk 1895-1928). Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Smith, Edward E. (Edward Everett), 1861-1931. Edward E. Smith papers, 1923-1924. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Preus, J. A. O. (Jacob Aall Ottesen), 1883-1961. J.A.O. Preus and family papers, 1853-1946. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Papers, 1840-1961. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Baxter, Luther Loren, 1838-1915. Luther L. Baxter and family papers, 1853-1950. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Drake, Elias Franklin, 1813-1892. Elias Franklin Drake and family papers, 1814-1917. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Dunn, Robert C. (Robert Campbell), 1855-1918. Robert C. Dunn papers, 1897-1915 (bulk 1903-1904). Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Barrows family papers, 1861-1931. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Willius, Ferdinand, 1830-1916. Ferdinand Willius and family papers, 1814-1956. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Gordon, Hanford Lennox, 1836-1920. Hanford L. Gordon papers, 1868-1920. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf National 17th of May Celebration Committee (Minneapolis, Minn.). May 17th celebration records, 1914 Jan.-June. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Blegen, Theodore Christian, 1891-1969. Knute Nelson as United States senator from Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Lindegard, Axel. Axel Lindegard papers, 1861-1931. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Buck, Solon J. (Solon Justus), 1884-1962. Solon J. Buck papers, 1902-1935, 1960. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Michelet, Simon Thenistrup, 1871-1956. Simon T. Michelet and family papers, 1879, 1908-1943. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Theodore Roosevelt Collection: Books, pamphlets, periodicals, 18-- - <ongoing> Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Gould, John Mead, 1839-1930. John Mead Gould papers, 1854-1930. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn Cushman K. Davis papers, Davis, Cushman K., 1886-1900 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Association records, [microform]., 1894-1923. Minnesota Historical Society.
referencedIn Andrews, C. C. (Christopher Columbus), 1829-1922. C.C. Andrews and family papers, 1843-1930. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Records of Governor William R. Merriam, 1888-1901 (bulk 1888-1893). Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. St. Paul District. District Office records, 1879-1990. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Larson, Louis E. Louis E. Larson and family papers, 1857-1916. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Simpson, Thomas, 1836-1905. Thomas Simpson papers, 1862-1893. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Jaeger, Luth, 1851-1925. Luth and Nanny Mattson Jaeger papers, 1874-1933. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Brackett, George Augustus, 1836-1921. George A. Brackett papers, 1858-1920. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers. 1789 - 1999. Letters Received
creatorOf Rines, Henry, 1872-1950. Henry Rines correspondence, 1920-1922. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association. Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association records, 1894-1923 [microform]. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Robert C. Dunn papers., 1897-1915 (bulk 1903-1904). Minnesota Historical Society.
referencedIn Minnesota. Governor (1893-1895 : Nelson). Records of Governor Knute Nelson, 1892-1895. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Manahan, James, 1866-1932. James Manahan and family papers, 1880-1937. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Fairbanks mss., 1819-1939 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
referencedIn Law office correspondence., 1885-1932 (bulk 1895-1928). Minnesota Historical Society.
referencedIn World's Columbian Exposition records., 1884-1885, 1891-1894. Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Swan, Elijah H., 1811-1853. Elijah H. Swan correspondence, 1824-1903. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf McLain, John Scudder, 1853-1931. John S. McLain correspondence, 1879-1927. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Minnesota. Board of World's Fair Managers. World's Columbian Exposition records, 1884-1885, 1891-1894. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Longfellow, Levi, 1842-1926. Levi Longfellow papers, 1865-1926. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Volstead, Andrew John, 1860-1947. Andrew J. Volstead and family papers, 1868-1955. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Burnquist, J. A. A. (Joseph Alfred Arner), 1879-1961. J. A. A. Burnquist papers, 1884-1961. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn St. Paul District records., 1879-1990. Minnesota Historical Society.
referencedIn Andrew J. Volstead and family papers., 1868-1955 (bluk 1920-1922). Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Quamme, Edward G., 1879-1941. Edward G. Quamme papers, 1893-1940. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Minnesota. Governor (1889-1893 : Merriam). Records of Governor William R. Merriam, 1888-1901 (bulk 1888-1893). Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Hanford L. Gordon papers., 1868-1921. Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Wattson, Marshman S., 1912-1962. Records relating to Pierce Butler's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, 1917-1922. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948,. Impressions of the campaign : Detroit, Michigan to Pueblo, Colorado, 1900. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Walker, Albert Henry, 1844-1915. Albert Henry Walker correspondence, 1882-1913. Library of Congress
creatorOf Sanford, Maria Louise, 1836-1920. Maria L. Sanford papers, 1851-1920. Minnesota Historical Society Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Andrews, C. C. (Christopher Columbus), 1829-1922. person
associatedWith Backus, Edward Wellington, 1860-1934. person
associatedWith Ballinger, Richard Achilles, 1858-1922. person
correspondedWith Barrows family. family
associatedWith Baxter, Luther Loren, 1838-1915. person
associatedWith Beaulieu, Theodore H. person
associatedWith Beaulieu, Theodore H. person
associatedWith Blegen, Theodore Christian, 1891-1969. person
associatedWith Bonga, William. person
associatedWith Bonga, William. person
associatedWith Boutwell, Mortimer Hayes, 1866- person
associatedWith Bowen, Ivan, 1886-1959. person
associatedWith Brackett, George Augustus, 1836-1921. person
associatedWith Brown, David M., b. 1857. person
associatedWith Brown, Rome G. (Rome Green), 1862-1926. person
associatedWith Buck, Solon J. (Solon Justus), 1884-1962. person
associatedWith Burnquist, J. A. A. (Joseph Alfred Arner), 1879-1961. person
associatedWith Burton, Marion Le Roy, 1874-1925. person
associatedWith Carpenter, Clarence Palmer, 1853-1933. person
associatedWith Caswell, I. T. person
associatedWith Caswell, I. T. person
associatedWith Chapman, Joseph. person
associatedWith Chapman, Joseph. person
associatedWith Clapp, Moses E. (Moses Edwin), 1851-1929. person
associatedWith Crosby, J. M. person
associatedWith Davis, Cushman Kellogg, 1838-1900. person
associatedWith Decker, Edward Williams, 1869-1956. person
associatedWith Dinwiddie, Edward Courtland, 1867-1915. person
associatedWith Drake, Elias Franklin, 1813-1892. person
associatedWith Duluth Federated Trades and Labor Assembly (Duluth, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Dunn, Robert C. (Robert Campbell), 1855-1918. person
associatedWith Elliott, Henry Wood, 1846-1930. person
associatedWith Fairbanks, Charles W. (Charles Warren), 1852-1918 person
associatedWith Folwell, William Watts, 1833-1929. person
associatedWith Gordon, Hanford Lennox, 1836-1920. person
correspondedWith Gould, John Mead, 1839-1930. person
associatedWith Grevstad, Nicolay A., 1852-1940. person
associatedWith Grimshaw, William Harrison, 1853-1922. person
associatedWith Grindeland, Andrew, 1856-1932. person
associatedWith Haines, Lynn, 1876-1929. person
associatedWith Hale, William Edward, 1845-1926. person
associatedWith Hand, Learned, 1872-1961 person
associatedWith Harrington, Charles Medbury, 1855-1928. person
associatedWith Haupt, Herman, 1817-1905. person
associatedWith Hill, Samuel, 1857-1931. person
associatedWith Industrial Workers of the World corporateBody
associatedWith Jaeger, Luth, 1851-1925. person
associatedWith Jaffray, C. T. (Clive T.), 1865-1956. person
associatedWith Jones, Herschel V. (Herschel Vespasian), 1861-1928. person
associatedWith Jones, Stiles P., 1862-1920. person
associatedWith Kellogg, Frank B. (Frank Billings), 1856-1937. person
associatedWith Kindred, C. F. person
associatedWith Kindred, C. F. person
associatedWith La Follette, Robert M. (Robert Marion), 1855-1925. person
associatedWith Larson, Louis E. person
associatedWith League of Nations. corporateBody
associatedWith League to Enforce Peace (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Leonard, W. H. (William Huntington), 1825-1907. person
associatedWith Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles August), 1859-1924. person
associatedWith Lindegard, Axel. person
associatedWith Listoe, Frederick C., 1867-1933. person
associatedWith Longfellow, Levi, 1842-1926. person
associatedWith Loring, Albert Carpenter, 1858-1932. person
associatedWith MacMillan, J. N. person
associatedWith MacMillan, J. N. person
associatedWith Manahan, James, 1866-1932. person
associatedWith McGee, John F. (John Franklin), 1861-1925. person
associatedWith McKenney, Charles Richard, 1849-1937. person
associatedWith McLain, John Scudder, 1853-1931. person
associatedWith Michelet, Simon Thenistrup, 1871-1956. person
associatedWith Minnesota. Board of World's Fair Managers. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota. Governor. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota. Governor (1889-1893 : Merriam). corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota. Governor (1893-1895 : Nelson). corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota State Board of Immigration. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association. corporateBody
associatedWith National 17th of May Celebration Committee (Minneapolis, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith National Nonpartisan League corporateBody
associatedWith Olson, Julius E. person
associatedWith Pennington, Edmund, 1848-1926. person
associatedWith Pillsbury, Charles A. (Charles Alfred), 1842-1899. person
associatedWith Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946. person
associatedWith Pope, William Cox, 1841-1917. person
associatedWith Preus, J. A. O. (Jacob Aall Ottesen), 1883-1961. person
associatedWith Quamme, Edward G., 1879-1941. person
associatedWith Rahilly, Patrick Henry, 1832-1931. person
associatedWith Rahn, Andrew August David, 1877-1948. person
associatedWith Republican Party (Minn.). State Central Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Rines, Henry, 1872-1950. person
associatedWith Safford, George B. person
associatedWith Safford, George B. person
associatedWith Sanford, Maria Louise, 1836-1920. person
associatedWith Seabury, Channing, 1842-1910. person
associatedWith Sheehan, Timothy J., 1835-1913. person
associatedWith Simpson, Thomas, 1836-1905. person
associatedWith Smith, Edward E. (Edward Everett), 1861-1931. person
associatedWith Sons of the American Revolution. Minnesota Society. corporateBody
associatedWith St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway Company. corporateBody
associatedWith St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba Railway Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Sullivan, George H. (George Henry), 1867-1935. person
associatedWith Swan, Elijah H., 1811-1853. person
associatedWith Swenson, Laurits Selmer, 1865-1947. person
associatedWith Tawney, James Albertus, 1855-1919. person
associatedWith Townley, A. C. (Arthur Charles), 1880-1959. person
associatedWith United States. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. St. Paul District. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Wisconsin Cavalry Regiment, 4th (1861-1865) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Coast Guard. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Commerce Department. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Commerce Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. Joint Committee to Investigate the Interior Department and Forestry Service. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. Senate corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Commerce. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Federal Railroad Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Fuel Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Interstate Commerce Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Vanderlip, John Russell, 1860-1935 person
associatedWith Van Derlip, John Russell, 1860-1935. person
associatedWith Van Dusen, Fred Clark, 1863-1928. person
correspondedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949 person
associatedWith Volstead, Andrew J. (Andrew John), 1860-1947 person
associatedWith Volstead, Andrew John, 1860-1947. person
correspondedWith Walker, Albert Henry, 1844-1915. person
associatedWith Walker, T. B. (Thomas Barlow), 1840-1928. person
associatedWith Warren, George H., 1829-1891. person
associatedWith Wattson, Marshman S., 1912-1962. person
associatedWith Westphal, Gustavus Adolph, 1869- person
associatedWith Willcutts, Levi Monroe, 1861-1936. person
associatedWith Willis, Frank D. person
associatedWith Willis, Frank D. person
associatedWith Willius, Ferdinand, 1830-1916. person
associatedWith Wright, Anna W. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Mississippi River
Ireland
Ireland
United States
Red Lake Indian Reservation (Minn.)
White Earth Indian Reservation (Minn.)
Mexico
Red Lake Indian Reservation (Minn.).
White Earth Indian Reservation (Minn.).
United States
Alaska
Norway
Minnesota
Mississippi River
Alaska
Mexico
Minnesota
Canada
Canada
Subject
Rural free delivery
Patronage, Political--Minnesota
Reciprocity (Commerce)--Public opinion
Rural free delivery--United States
Irish Americans--Ethnic identity
German Americans--Minnesota--Public opinion
Reciprocity (Commerce)--Canada--Public opinion
Women--Suffrage
Industrial policy
Monetary policy--United States
Food law and legislation--United States
Norwegian American newspapers
Food law and legislation
Political campaigns--Minnesota
Convict labor--Minnesota--Public opinion
Banking law
Judges--Selection and appointment
Norwegians Americans--Minnesota
Monetary policy
Water power--United States
Social conflict
Elections and election campaigns--Minnesota
Land speculation
Social conflict--United States
Tariff--Public opinion
Taxation--Public opinion
Communism--Public opinion
Conservation of natural resources--Law and legislation
Convict labor--Public opinion
Norwegian Americans
Norwegian--Americans--Ethnic identity
Indians--Land tenure
Banking law--United States
Maritime law--United States
Neutrality--United States
Drugs--Law and legislation--United States
Ojibwa Indians--Land tenure--Minnesota
Public opinion--Minnesota
Grain trade--Law and legislation--United States--Public opinion
Child labor--Law and legislation--United States--Public opinion
Maritime law
Collecting of accounts--Minnesota
Real Estate Business
Railroads--Employees--Law and legislation
Corporations--Taxation--Public opinion
Drugs--Law and legislation
World War, 1914-1918--Public opinion
Corporations--Taxation--United States--Public opinion
Collecting of accounts
Children--Legal status, laws, etc
Irish Americans--Minnesota--Ethnic identity
Child welfare--Law and legislation--United States
Elections and election campaigns
Indian reservations
German Americans--Public opinion
Labor unions--Political activity
Pressure groups
Postal service--Employees--Selection and appointment--Minnesota
Land speculation--Minnesota
Child labor--Law and legislation--Public opinion
World War, 1914-1918--Minnesota--Public opinion
Railroads and state
Railroads and state--United States
Labor unions--United States--Political activity
Prohibition
Labor laws and legislation--United States--Public opinion
Scandinavian Americans--Politics and government
Labor disputes--Public opinion
Water-power
Prohibition--United States
Judges--Selection and appointment--Minnesota
Pensions--Law and legislation--United States
German Americans--Ethnic identity
Real estate business--Minnesota
Shipping--United States
Public opinion
Taxation--United States--Public opinion
German Americans--Minnesota--Ethnic identity
Political Campaigns
Tariffs--United States--Public opinion
Labor laws and legislation--Public opinion
Neutrality
Shipping
Liquor laws--United States--Public opinion
Conservation of natural resources--Law and legislation--United States
Grain trade--Law and legislation--Public opinion
Indians of North America--Reservations
Pressure groups--United States
Industry and state--United States
Ojibwa Indians--Land tenure
Progressivism (United States politics)
Labor disputes--United States--Public opinion
Liquor laws--Public opinion
Pensions--Law and legislation
Patronage, Political
Indians of North America--Government relations
Women--Suffrage--United States
Postal service--Employees--Selection and appointment
Railroad land grants
Occupation
Lawyers
Veterans
Soldiers
Legislators--United States
Lawyers--Minnesota
Function

Person

Birth 1843-02-02

Death 1923-04-28

English

Information

Permalink: http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w66695qn

Ark ID: w66695qn

SNAC ID: 69621735