Saturday, June 15, 2013

On this date in Minnesota History: June 15

June 15, 1866 – Established March 8, 1858Douglas County, Minn., was organized on this date. The county was named “in honor of Stephan Arnold Douglas, statesman and leader in the Democratic party, eminent in his patriotic loyalty to the Union at the beginning of the Civil War.” Douglas is probably best known today for the series of debates he had with Abraham Lincoln, his Republican opponent, in Illinois in 1858, during their race for U.S. senator, as well as their competition for the affections of Miss Mary Todd.

Upham, Warren; Minnesota Geographic Names, Their Origin and Historic Significance; Minnesota Historical Society (St. Paul, Minn., 1969); p. 175.

Stephan Arnold Douglas,

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