Oil-on-canvas portrait of Ignatius Donnelly, 1891.

Portrait of Ignatius Donnelly

Oil-on-canvas portrait of Ignatius Donnelly, 1891. Painted by artist Nicholas Richard Brewer.

Black and white photograph of Ignatius Donnelly, c.1880.

Ignatius Donnelly, c.1880

Ignatius Donnelly, c.1880. Photograph by Charles A. Zimmerman.

Donnelly, Ignatius (1831–1901)

Ignatius Donnelly was the most widely known Minnesotan of the nineteenth century. As a writer, orator, and social thinker, he enjoyed fame in the U.S. and overseas. As a politician he was the nation's most articulate spokesman for Midwestern populism. Though the highest office he held was that of U.S. congressman, he shaped Minnesota politics for more than thirty years.

Black and white photograph of former Indian Agent Thomas Galbraith, c.1885.

Thomas Galbraith

Former Indian Agent Thomas Galbraith, c.1885.

Black and white photo print of Dakota Indian Treaty Delegation, c.1858.

Dakota Indian Treaty Delegation

Dakota Indian Treaty Delegation, c.1858. It was during these negotiations that the Dakota were forced into ceding half of their land along the Minnesota River.

Black and white daguerreotype of Sarah Jane Steele Sibley, wife of Henry H. Sibley, c.1848.

Daguerreotype of Sarah Jane Steele Sibley

Daguerreotype of Sarah Jane Steele Sibley, wife of Henry H. Sibley, c.1848.

Black and white photograph of Henry H. Sibley while he was the director of the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, 1889.

Henry H. Sibley, director of the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce

Henry H. Sibley while he was the director of the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, 1889.

Black and white photograph of Sarah Jane Steele Sibley, wife of Henry H. Sibley, 1858.

Sarah Jane Steele Sibley

Sarah Jane Steele Sibley, wife of Henry H. Sibley, 1858.

Black and white Carte-de-visite photograph of Henry H. Sibley, c.1870.

Henry H. Sibley

Carte-de-visite photograph of Henry H. Sibley, c.1870.

Sibley, Henry H. (1811–1891)

Henry Hastings Sibley occupied the stage of Minnesota history for fifty-six active years. He was the territory's first representative in Congress (1849–1853) and the state's first governor (1858–1860). In 1862 he led a volunteer army against the Dakota under Taoyateduta (Little Crow IV). After his victory at Wood Lake and his rescue of more than two hundred white prisoners, he was made a brigadier general in the Union Army.

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