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Alonzo J. Edgerton

Alonzo J. Edgerton
United States Senator
from Minnesota
In office
March 12, 1881 – October 30, 1881
Preceded by William Windom
Succeeded by William Windom
Personal details
Born Alonzo Jay Edgerton
(1827-06-07)June 7, 1827
Rome, New York
Died August 9, 1896(1896-08-09) (aged 69)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Political party Republican
Alma mater Wesleyan University
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Union Army
Rank brevet Brigadier General
Unit 10th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment
67th Regiment Infantry U.S. Colored Troops
Battles/wars American Civil War

Alonzo Jay Edgerton (June 7, 1827 – August 9, 1896) was an American politician and United States federal judge.


  • Biography 1
  • Legacy 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Alonzo Edgerton was born in 67th Regiment Infantry U.S. Colored Troops. He was breveted a Brigadier General on March 13, 1865 and confirmed on April 10, 1866.[1]

Returning to Minnesota, he was in private practice of law in Mantorville, Minnesota from 1867 to 1871. Edgerton became a regent of the University of Minnesota and was in 1872 was appointed as the first state railroad commissioner. After his term ended in 1876 Edgerton returned to the state senate. He was appointed U.S. Senator from Minnesota as a Republican, and served from March 12, 1881 to October 30, 1881 in the 47th congress. Edgerton was a replacement for Senator William Windom, who became Secretary of the Treasury under President James A. Garfield; Windom left the cabinet after Garfield's brief presidency and then was re-elected to serve out the remainder of his own term. Edgerton was later appointed chief justice of the Territorial Supreme Court of Dakota.

When South Dakota was admitted as a State into the Union, he was made United States judge of that district. He also served as president of the constitutional convention of South Dakota.[3] He was a freemason.[3] He died in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


The town of Edgerton, Minnesota is named in his honor.[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ a b Early Settlers of Edgerton webpage
  2. ^ Alonzo Jay Edgerton, Minnesota Legislators Past and Present
  3. ^ a b Jon K. Lauck, 'The Foundations of Political Culture in East River South Dakota', in The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture (eds. Jon K. Lauck, John E. Miller, Donald C. Simmons, Jr.), Pierre, South Dakota: South Dakota State Historical Society Press, 2011, p. 28
  4. ^ Early Settlers of Edgerton, Minnesota
  5. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 417. 

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United States Senate
Preceded by
William Windom
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Minnesota
Served alongside: Samuel J. R. McMillan
Succeeded by
William Windom
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