James Beach WAKEFIELD, Congress, MN (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.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present