LIND, John, a Representative from Minnesota; born in Kanna, Sweden, March 25, 1854; immigrated to the United States in 1867 with his parents, who settled in Goodhue County, Minn.; moved to Sibley County in 1872; attended the public schools and the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis; taught school; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1877 and commenced practice in New Ulm, Minn.; receiver of the United States land office at Tracy 1881-1885; elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth, Fifty-first, and Fifty-second Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1893); chairman, Committee on Mileage (Fifty-first Congress); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1892; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Minnesota in 1896; during the Spanish-American War was mustered into the service on May 5, 1898, as first lieutenant and quartermaster in the Twelfth Regiment, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry; was honorably discharged with his regiment November 5, 1898; Democratic Governor of Minnesota 1898-1900; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1905); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1904; resumed the practice of law in Minneapolis, Minn., president of the board of regents of the University of Minnesota; was appointed by President Wilson as his personal representative to investigate the affairs of the United States Government in Mexico August 3, 1913; practiced law in Minneapolis, Minn., until his death in that city September 18, 1930; remains were cremated and the ashes interred in Lakewood Cemetery.
BibliographyStephenson, George Malcolm. John Lind of Minnesota. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1935. Reprint, Port Washington and New York: Kennikat Press, 1971.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present