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Alexander Ramsey
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Alexander Ramsey

Alexander Ramsey (September 8, 1815-April 22, 1903) was an American politician. He was born near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Ramsey was elected from Pennsylvania as a Whig to the U.S. House of Representatives and served in the House from March 4, 1843 to March 3, 1847. He served as the first Territorial Governor of Minnesota June 1,1849 to May 15,1853 as a member of the Whig Party.

In 1855, he became the mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota. Ramsey was elected the second Governor of Minnesota after statehood and served from January 2, 1860 to July 10, 1863, but resigned the governorship to become a U.S. Senator, having been elected to that post in 1863 as a Republican. He was re-elected in 1869 and served until March 3, 1875.

Ramsey served as Secretary of War from 1879 to 1881, under President Rutherford B. Hayes.

Preceded by:
George Washington McCrary
Secretary of War
Succeeded by:
Robert Todd Lincoln
Wisconsin Territory
Governors of Minnesota
Succeeded by:
Willis Arnold Gorman
Preceded by:
Henry Hastings Sibley
Succeeded by:
Henry Adoniram Swift
Preceded by:
Henry Rice
Minnesota Congressional Delegations
Succeeded by:
Samuel J. R. McMillan