GILFILLAN, John Bachop (1835-1924)

GILFILLAN, JOHN BACHOP, a Representative from Minnesota; born in Barnet, Caledonia County, Vt., February 11, 1835; attended the common schools; was graduated from the Caledonia County Academy in 1855; moved to Minneapolis, Minn.; taught school; studied law; was admitted to the bar in July 1860 and commenced practice in Minneapolis, Minn.; member of the board of education 1860-1868; city prosecuting attorney 1861-1864; prosecuting attorney of Hennepin County 1863-1867 and 1869-1873; alderman of the city of Minneapolis 1865-1869; member of the State senate 1875-1885; regent of the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis 1880-1888; elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1887); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress; resumed the practice of law; died in Minneapolis, Minn., August 19, 1924; interment in Lakewood Cemetery.

The Huntington Library
Manuscripts Department
San Marino, CA
Papers: In the Leroy F. Jackson Papers, 1830-1994, approximately 1,457 items.
Other authors include John B. Gilfillan.


Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: 1821-1864, 1 folder.
The papers of John B. Gilfillan contain correspondence (1821-1864) and deeds (1855, 1864), as well as papers of members of his family. There is also a commonplace book [183-] of poems and quotations. Correspondence during 1821-1837 is addressed to William Neilson (Caledonia County, Vt.) from relatives in Scotland. Deeds and related correspondence (1855, 1864) reveal the Gilfillan family's acquisition of property in Peacham, Vermont from Thaddeus Stevens. Two items relating to the Corse family of Wilmington, Delaware are a letter (1837) from John M. to his mother and a commonplace book [183-] kept by Mary Corse. An inventory is available in the repository.


University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Minnesota Archives
Twin Cities, MN
Papers: In the William Watts Folwell Papers, 1856-1929, 4.3 cubic feet.
Persons represented include John Gilfillan.