Eliza Winston Court Case, 1860

On August 21, 1860, African American Eliza Winston was freed from her Mississippi slaveholder in a Minneapolis court. After being granted legal freedom, however, Winston was met with white mob violence and had to leave the area, perhaps fleeing to Canada. The event showed that although slavery was illegal in Minnesota, many white Minnesotans supported the practice when it economically benefited them.

Black and white photograph of Floyd B. Olson statue, c.1965.

Statue of Floyd B. Olson

Statue of Floyd B. Olson, c.1965.

Black and white photograph of Floyd Olson seated at a desk, 1936.

Floyd B. Olson

Floyd Olson seated at a desk, 1936.

Black and white photograph of Floyd Olson giving a speech, c.1932.

Floyd B. Olson

Floyd Olson giving a speech, c.1932.

Black and white portrait of Floyd B. Olson, c.1930.

Floyd B. Olson

Portrait of Floyd Olson, c.1930.

Black and white portrait of Floyd B. Olson, c.1915

Floyd B. Olson

Portrait of Floyd Olson, c.1915.

Black and white portrait of Floyd B. Olson, c.1909

Floyd B. Olson

Portrait of Floyd Olson, c.1909.

Floyd Olson's official gubernatorial portrait, 1937.

Painting, "Floyd B. Olson"

Floyd B. Olson's official gubernatorial portrait, 1937. Painting by Carl A. Bohnen.

Olson, Floyd B. (1891–1936)

As Minnesota's first Farmer-Labor Party governor, Floyd B. Olson pursued an activist agenda aimed at easing the impact of the Great Depression. During his six years in office, from 1931 to 1936, he became a hero to the state's working people for strongly defending their economic interests.

Poster for Leonard A. Rosing, Democratic candidate for Minnesota governor, 1902.

Leonard A. Rosing poster

Poster for Leonard A. Rosing, Democratic candidate for Minnesota governor, 1902.

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