In 1970, President Richard M. Nixon failed twice to fill an opening on the Supreme Court when the Senate rejected first Clement Haynsworth, then Harrold Carswell. On his third try Nixon chose Blackmun.
Paul Nelson is an amateur historian and the author of Fredrick L. McGhee, A Life on the Color Line, 1861–1912 (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002), as well as numerous articles for Ramsey County History and Minnesota History magazines.
Wigington’s works include the Hamline and Minnehaha playground buildings, Harriet Island Pavilion and the Highland Park Water Tower.
Born to a wealthy family, Whiteman would go on to earn renown as a forger and con man.
Promotional materials for the book ran afoul of the Comstock Act, which made using the U.S. mail to distribute obscenity (including specifically any information about abortion) a felony.
Francis pressed the limits of what an African American woman was permitted to achieve in early twentieth-century Minnesota.
The finished product — 2,770 feet long, 191 feet tall at its highest point, and made mostly of wrought iron — made the High Bridge a marvel of its time for the combination of height and length.
Frank Boyd was a celebrated organizer in Minnesota for the country’s most influential African American labor union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, from 1926 to 1951.
A slip in the midst of a detour to hide a bag full of coins started a fight that ended with the banker, Lindberg, dead of multiple hatchet wounds.
Around midnight on July 10, 1970, four teams of two or three people each broke into Selective Service offices in Little Falls, Alexandria, Winona, and Wabasha, intending to destroy as many military draft files as possible.
The Kensington Runestone has provoked a host of scholarly and popular articles and books. The Minnesota Historical Society library carries more than forty titles on the subject.
By the late 1950s, populations of House districts ranged from 7,290 residents to 107,246, and Senate districts from 16,878 to 153,455.
By mid-1956, John’s Bar had lost its license, and 110 men and women had been convicted of violating the Mann Act.
The park’s official creation dates from 1919, though no land was purchased until 1921. By 1926, despite few roads and minimal park facilities, 40,000 visitors came.
Federal drug agents had become curious about the unusual number of prescriptions for morphine and other narcotics that Heim issued from his 12 West Lake Street office.
The Hennepin County sheriff provided guards to the smugglers, while the Hennepin County attorney was on hand to head off any prosecution.
Kolthoff was a professor of analytical chemistry at the University of Minnesota from 1927 to 1962.
Oak savannas — open grassland studded by tall, spreading oak trees — once covered 10 percent of Minnesota.
In July 1927, sixteen years after he first tried for a diplomatic appointment, W. T. Francis was named U.S. Minister and Consul to Liberia.