Pioneer; born in Detroit, Mich.
, Feb. 20, 1811; became a partner in the American Fur Company in 1834.
On one of his trips he arrived at the mouth of the Minnesota River
, and was so much pleased with the place that he settled there.
On May 29, 1848, when Wisconsin
became a State, St. Croix River
was made the western boundary.
This left about 23,000 square miles east of the Mississippi
without a government.
In November, 1848, Mr. Sibley
was elected to represent this district in Congress where he was instrumental in having an act passed creating the Territory of Minnesota
, which was made to include the rest of Wisconsin
and a large area west of the Mississippi
He served in Congress till 1853. Minnesota
was created a State on May 11, 1858, and he was chosen its first governor.
He commanded the white volunteer forces of Iowa
against the Sioux
rising of 1862, and on Sept. 23 broke the power of the Indians in a decisive battle at Wood Lake
commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers, and later received the brevet of major-general.
He died in St. Paul, Minn.
, Feb. 18, 1891.