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Loren Fletcher

Loren Fletcher
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1903
Preceded by Kittel Halvorson
Succeeded by John Lind
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1907
Preceded by John Lind
Succeeded by Frank Nye
15th Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
In office
1881 – 1885
Preceded by Charles A. Gilman
Succeeded by John L. Gibbs
Personal details
Born April 10, 1833
Mount Vernon, Maine, USA
Died April 15, 1919 (aged 76)
Atlanta, Georgia
Political party Republican

Loren Fletcher (April 10, 1833 – April 15, 1919) was a U.S. Representative from Minnesota. He was born in Mount Vernon, Kennebec County, Maine and attended the public schools and Maine Wesleyan Seminary, Kents Hill, Maine. Fletcher moved to Bangor in 1853, where he was a stonecutter, clerk in a store, and an employee of a lumber company.

In 1856, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and engaged in manufacturing and mercantile pursuits, largely in the manufacture of lumber and flour. He became a member of the board of directors of the First National Bank upon its establishment in 1864.

Fletcher was elected a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives 1872 – 1886, and served as speaker from 1880 to 1885. Beginning with the 1892 election, he was elected as a Republican to the 53rd, 54th, 55th, 56th, and 57th congresses (March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1903). Fletcher served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (57th congress. He was defeated in the in 1902 election to the 58th congress, but was elected to the 59th congress, (March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1907). He declined to be a candidate for reelection and retired from active business.

Fletcher died in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Fletcher was married to Amerette J. Thomas from 1855 until she died in 1892. The couple has one child, a daughter.

References

  • Minnesota Legislators Past and Present

Sources

  • Loren Fletcher Memorial. Minnesota Journal of the House, April 22, 1919, p. 1857.
  • Shutter, Marion Daniel. "Loren Fletcher." Progressive Men of Minnesota, Minneapolis: The Minneapolis Journal, 1897, p. 38-39.
  • "Fletcher, L." The Fifteenth Legislature of Minnesota. St. Paul: Press Printing Company, 1873, p. 27.
  • "Hon. L. Fletcher." Memoirs of the State Officers; and of the Nineteenth Legislature of Minnesota, by C.L. Hall. Minneapolis: Johnson & Smith, p. 36.
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Kittel Halvorson
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 5th congressional district
1893 – 1903
Succeeded by
John Lind
Preceded by
John Lind
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 5th congressional district
1905 – 1907
Succeeded by
Frank Nye
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles A. Gilman
Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
1881 – 1885
Succeeded by
John L. Gibbs
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