COMSTOCK, Solomon Gilman (1842-1933)

COMSTOCK, SOLOMON GILMAN, a Representative from Minnesota; born in Argyle, Penobscot County, Maine, May 9, 1842; moved to Passadumkeag, Maine, with his parents in 1845; attended the rural schools, East Corinth (Maine) Academy, Maine Wesleyan Academy at Kents Hill, and Hampden (Maine) Academy; studied law in Bangor, Maine, and later, in 1868 and 1869, continued his studies at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; moved to Nebraska in 1869 and settled in Omaha, where he was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice; moved to Minneapolis, Minn., in 1870, and to Moorhead, Clay County, Minn., in 1871, where he continued the practice of his profession; prosecuting attorney for Clay County 1872-1878; member of the State house of representatives in 1875, 1876, 1878, and 1881; served in the State senate 1882-1888; unsuccessful candidate for election as State attorney general in 1882 and as Lieutenant Governor in 1884; retired from law practice in 1884 and engaged in the real-estate business; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first Congress (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1891); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1892; resumed the real-estate business in Moorhead, Minn.; also engaged in the manufacture of farm implements in 1893; member of the State normal school board 1897-1905; retired from business pursuits and resided in Moorhead, Minn., until his death there June 3, 1933; interment in Prairie Home Cemetery.

Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: In the William B. Mitchell and Family Papers, 1806-1935, 2.25 cubic feet.
Other authors include Solomon Comstock. An inventory is available in the repository.


Northwest Minnesota Historical Center
Moorhead State University
Moorhead, MN
Papers: 1872-1958, 36 linear feet.
The papers of Solomon Comstock contain correspondence, legal papers, railroad records, maps, ledgers, letterbooks. An inventory is available in the repository.