Washburn, Algernon Sidney, 1814-1879

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Banker, businessman, and farmer.

From the description of Papers, 1832-1884. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 20273620

The two most significant letter writers in the collection are bothers Elihu Washburne, a politician and statesman from Illinois, and William Drew Washburn, a Minneapolis lumber and flour milling businessman. Elihu Washburn was born September 23, 1817 on a farm in Livermore, Maine. After leaving home at 14, he read law and moved to Galena, Illinois in 1840. Elihu was a member of the U.S. Congress (1852-1868), minister to France (1869-1877), an active Republican Party leader, and a friend of Ulysses S. Grant. He married Adele Gratiot (July 31, 1845) and died October 23, 1887 in Chicago. He added the "e" to his last name at the age of 14.

William Drew Washburn, Elihu's younger brother (born January 14, 1831), was born on the family farm and graduated from Bowdoin College (1854). He studied law and settled in Minnesota (1857) as secretary of the Minneapolis Mill Company, which had been organized by his brother Cadwallader Washburn. William served as federal surveyor general in St. Paul (1861-1865); was instrumental in the development of water power at St. Anthony Falls; engaged in the real estate business; founded the W.D. Washburn and Company flour milling firm (1878); and was a member of the U.S. Congress (1879-1885) and Senate (1889-1895). He married Elizabeth Muzzy of Bangor, Maine (April 19, 1859), and was active in many Minneapolis civic, social, and business organizations. William died in Minneapolis on July 29, 1912.

From the guide to the Washburn family correspondence., 1833-1882., (Minnesota Historical Society)

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creatorOf Washburn, Algernon Sidney, 1814-1879. Washburn family correspondence, 1833-1882. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Washburn, Algernon S., 1814-1879. Papers, 1832-1884. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Carter, Timothy Jarvis, 1800-1838. Timothy Jarvis Carter papers, 1817-1848. Maine Historical Society Library
creatorOf Washburn family correspondence., 1833-1882. Minnesota Historical Society.
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associatedWith Washburn, C. C. (Cadwallader Colden), 1818-1882. person
associatedWith Washburn, Charles A. (Charles Ames), 1822-1889. person
associatedWith Washburne, E. B. (Elihu Benjamin), 1816-1887. person
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associatedWith Washburn, Israel, 1784-1876. person
associatedWith Washburn, Israel, 1813-1883. person
associatedWith Washburn, William Drew, 1863-1929. person
associatedWith Washburn, William D. (William Drew), 1831-1912. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Illinois
Galena (Ill.).
Maine
Venezuela
France
Wisconsin
Illinois--Galena
France
California
Maine--Hallowell
Saint Paul (Minn.).
Minnesota
Hallowell (Me.)
Galena (Ill.)
Minneapolis (Minn.)
United States
Hallowell (Me.).
United States
Wisconsin
Maine
Minnesota--Minneapolis
Saint Paul (Minn.)
Subject
Diplomatic and consular service, American
Banks and banking--Maine--Hallowell
Slavery
Flour mills
Depression--1857
Politics, Practical--Minnesota--Minneapolis
Panics (Financial)
Industry
Lumbering
Lumbering--Wisconsin
Legislators--Correspondence
Education--Maine
Diplomats
Panics (Financial)--United States
Politics, Practical
Sawmills--Minnesota--Minneapolis
Education
Slavery--United States
Real estate investment
Sawmills
Governor
Banks and banking
Lumbering--Minnesota
Flour mills--Minnesota--Minneapolis
Diplomatic and consular service, American--France
Occupation
Lawyers--Illinois--Galena
Diplomats--United States
Businessmen--Minnesota--Minneapolis
Legislators--United States
Businessmen--Maine
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Birth 1814

Death 1879

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