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Nine original Minnesota Territory Counties (1849–1851) superimposed over Minnesota (right), North Dakota and South Dakota (left) of today
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Minnesota Territory Centennial, issue of 1949

The Territory of Minnesota was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from March 3, 1849, until May 11, 1858, when the eastern portion of the territory was admitted to the Union as the State of Minnesota.

Territorial Governors

# Governor Took office Left office Party
1 Alexander Ramsey Alexander Ramsey, 2nd Governor of Minnesota.jpg June 1, 1849 May 15, 1853 Whig
2 Willis Arnold Gorman WillisGorman.jpg May 15, 1853 April 23, 1857 Democratic
3 Samuel Medary SamuelMedary.jpg April 23, 1857 May 24, 1858 Democratic

Territorial Secretaries

  • Charles K. Smith, 1849–1851
  • Alexander Wilkin, 1851–1853
  • Joseph Rosser. 1853–1857
  • Charles L. Chase 1857–1858

Congressional Delegates

  • Henry Hastings Sibley, 31st Congress, 32nd Congress, 1849–1853
  • Henry Mower Rice, 33rd Congress, 34th Congress, 1853–1857
  • William W. Kingsbury, 35th Congress, 1857–1858
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