Sunday, January 8, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 8

January 8, 1910 – The Gov. J. A. Johnson Memorial Commission announced today that approximately $25,000 will be spent on a magnificent bronze statue of Gov. John Albert Johnson, designed by a distinguished sculptor, and placed on the state capitol grounds in St. Paul. The statue will be of heroic size, eight of the 14 commissioners present voting in favor of the standing position.

Treasurer B. F. Nelson’s report showed a total of $23,950.40 subscribed. This will probably be augmented to some extent before the completion of the statue, as a resolution was passed that the fund be left open as long as the commission exists, although there will no further canvassing.

The report of the subscriptions by counties showed Ramsey in the lead with $6,810.12, or more than one-fourth of the total collected. Hennepin is second with $3,605.99; St. Louis County is third with $2,407.37. Jackson County collected the least, with only $4.50 to its credit. Minn. school children showed their love for their deceased governor by sending $2,478. Contributions from points outside the state footed up to $856.50.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Magnificent Statue for Late Governor. Capitol Site Is Chosen for the Monument for John Albert Johnson. Memorial Commission Will Engage Noted Sculptor for the Work. Twenty-five Thousand Persons Contributors to Memorial.”; Jan. 9, 1910; p. 1.

Statue of Gov. John Albert Johnson at the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul

John Albert Johnson

July 26, 1861                   September 21, 1909

Three Times Governor of 

A Poor Boy    A Country 
Editor    A Natural Leader

Cut Off In His Prime
The Nation Mourns His Loss

His Life Was Gentle And
The Elements So Mixed In
Him That Nature Might Stand
Up And Say To All The World
This Was A Man

This Monument Is Raised To
His Memory By One Hundred 
Thousand Of His Friends

Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Sept. 21, 2014, 
as long as acknowledgement included.


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