WAKEFIELD, James Beach (1825-1910)

WAKEFIELD, JAMES BEACH, a Representative from Minnesota; born in Winsted, Conn., March 21, 1825; attended the public schools at Westfield, Mass., and Jonesville, N.Y.; was graduated from Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., in 1846; studied law in Painesville, Lake County, Ohio; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Delphi, Ind., in 1852; moved to Shakopee, Minn., in 1854; first judge of the probate court of Faribault County, Minn.; elected as a member of the State house of representatives in 1858, 1863, and 1866, serving as speaker in the session of 1866; member of the State senate 1867-1869; appointed receiver of the United States Land Office at Winnebago City, Minn., June 1, 1869, and served until January 15, 1875, when he resigned; Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota 1875-1877; elected as a Republican to the Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1887); retired from public life; died at Blue Earth, Faribault County, Minn., August 25, 1910; interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Painesville, Ohio.

Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: In the Military Service Records, Dakota Conflict, 1862-1865, 1907; 4 oversize folders in map drawer.
Subjects include J.B. Wakefield.

Papers: In the Minnesota State Board of Corrections and Charities Agency History Record, ca. 1880s, amount unknown.
Subjects include J.B. Wakefield.